Queer Alphabet Soup – LGBT+ Spoken Word
Tuesday February 19th 2019 7pm
An evening of queer words from writers, poets and performance artists, with Isabel Waidner, Julia Bell, Zia Almos Yeshua, Holly Casio, Len Lukowski, Sogol Sur and Ashley Howard.
For more information on these participants, go to www.facebook.com/events/625201121244805
The next library public forum at Tate South Lambeth Library is on Saturday March 2nd 2019.
As is the regular pattern, the head of Lambeth’s library service – Susanna Barnes – will be there to talk about what is happening at the library and what is planned, and to answer questions and hear suggestions from the public.
This meeting will also give an opportunity to meet our new manager – Pauline Edole – and hear what she hopes to achieve.
Everyone is welcome – to ask questions and make their views known.
London audiences venturing across Waterloo Bridge in May 1818 to the brand new Royal Coburg Theatre (later the Old Vic) were thrilled by a melodrama based on a shocking murder prosecution that had recently failed in the Court of King’s Bench. Naomi Clifford, whose latest book is The Murder of Mary Ashford, talks about a case that gripped and appalled the country and led to a change in English murder law.
Admission free. Refreshments are available.
This talk is part of the Lambeth Heritage Festival. Please note that this replaces the originally scheduled talk on Samuel Johnson and the darker side of 18th century Lambeth.
Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library will be holding our annual party, our traditional Pre-Burns Night celebration.
Wednesday 24th January
7pmCome along to the library and enjoy haggis, neeps and tatties (you’ll find out what they are) and whisky. Plus wine and entertainment. And friendly Friends to meet.
Expect Scottish-themed readings, poetry, music, and entertainment. We can celebrate still having a library – and a revenue budget for the library through to 2019 and money for much-needed maintenance works.
But Friends will continue to campaign for the maintenance of full library service at Tate South Lambeth Library beyond March 2019.
As it’s a members only event, we ask that you renew your annual subscription (if you haven’t done so already for July 2017-June 2018) or take out a new one at the door. It’s only £3.
The latest figures for library performance, from Lambeth Council, show that visits to Tate South Lambeth Library have risen from 93,592 on 2014 to 180,623 in 2016.
That’s a doubling in numbers in just two years (well, just a bit under – a rise of 93%) – an amazing increase.
We all know why – the enormous rise in the number and frequency of activities at the library, under the leadership of our manager, Maria Kwofie, supported by the hard work and commitment of the library team and local volunteers.
Have you ever walked over a London bridge and looked down to see the tide was out on the river, and the freshly exposed beaches were dotted with little hunched figures, picking their way across the foreshore?
Those figures were likely to be Thames beachcombers, called mudlarks, searching among the flints and gravel for fragments of London’s history. The River Thames is astonishingly generous with the bounty that it gives up to those who look for it.
Every community that lived by its banks has left traces in the river’s mud: Bronze Age swords, sacrificed to its waters; Roman pottery, broken and thrown away, and monumental statuary, iconoclastically disposed of; Tudor gold; Georgian pipes; Victorian everything.
Today’s mudlarks set out to find these traces, as they’re churned up by the Thames’ tides.
Do you fancy joining them? Or just finding out about the history found along the nearby river banks?
Come along to an illustrated talk by Ted Sandling, author of London in Fragments.
Michael Leapman, prolific writer and journalist – and a well-known local resident – will provide an introduction.
Wednesday February 8th 7pm (doors open at 6.30)
Admittance free. Refreshments available.
This talk is jointly organised by Friends of TSL and the Vauxhall Society.
2017 will see the arrival of an important new neighbour for the library – the new US embassy in Nine Elms, now in the final stages of construction.
Against this background the embassy is developing its relations with the local community – for which Tate South Lambeth library is an ideal channel.
First the library received an offer of one hundred books. This was followed by a presentation on November 2nd on US politics, society and culture by Jennifer Williams, press officer at the embassy. The audience comprised over fifty Sixth Form students from two Lambeth schools: Archbishop Tenison and Dunraven. The presentation was interactive, with the students registering their perceptions and raising questions.
The dialogue was enlightening for both sides. Kate Hoey, Vauxhall’s MP and a staunch supporter of libraries, came along to meet the speaker and the students.
We hope that further links will be forged with the US embassy and its staff in the years to come.