Come and meet our new manager

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.

Art for All – British socially committed art from the 1930s to the Cold War

Wednesday December 5th 7pm

Christine Lindey, a renowned art historian, talks about her latest book, Art for All.

The book reveals a forgotten or marginalised area -British socially committed art from the 1930s through to the Cold War. With over 100 illustrations, she demonstrates why the artists deserve to be rediscovered. This extensively researched book provides a vivid understanding of the political and aesthetic contexts that turned a wide variety of individuals into socially committed artists. It also examines the artist’s circumstances of production and patronage and explains why these often handicapped those artists who were swimming against the current of their times.

At the current time, when young artists are joining the popular demand for social change, this book takes on a new relevance.

Copies of the book will be available at the talk.

Entry free. Refreshments available.

The library’s public forum is back – after a nine-month break

The library public forums at Tate South Lambeth Library are an opportunity for the general public  to hear from management what’s happening at the library and what’s planned. And to present  suggestions, complaints – or even praise.

The forums have in the past taken place at three-monthly intervals. But none has been held since February this year.  The gap is down to a combination of events – the “purdah” on policy statements in the run-up to the Council elections in May, the departure of the library manager in July, and the delay in appointing a new manager.

Although the latter problem is not yet sorted out, the public forum at TSL is due to  resume in November, with Susanna Barnes, the head of the library service, and Colette Townend, the TSL librarian.

The place is Tate South Lambeth Library.

The date is Saturday November 17th .

The time is 2-4pm.

The invitation is to everyone.


Seeing Better Now: the personal story behind a book of poetry

Wednesday November 7th,  7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Michael Roc Thomas, the son of Anthony Steel and Patricia Roc, two of Britain’s biggest film stars of the 1940s and 1950s, tells the story of how the birth of a child with a severe visual  impairment changed his life.

A former fashion photographer based in Cape Town, London and Madrid, he had moved to an idyllic location in Sri Lanka in 2000. He was present during  a turbulent period, with the south Asian tsunami of 2004 and the ongoing civil war. It was in  Sri Lanka that his daughter Steele was born in 2006, extremely premature and suffering from retinopathy of prematurity, a condition which usually results in total blindness (think of Stevie Wonder).

The concern that Steele might never see led Michael to start writing silly songs and nursery rhymes to entertain and stimulate his daughter. Over the years Michael’s writing skills progressed, culminating in  Seeing Better Now, a collection of 56 illustrated tales told in verse.

Michael will recount his story, read from his poetry and answer questions.

Copies of the book will be available at the talk. The proceeds are going to a Sri Lankan charity NEST that cares for children with severe disabilities across the island, where public funding is minimal or non-existent.

Entry free. Refreshments available.











Shared Spaces

Tuesday October 23rd 7pm

Nine  poets – Tamar Yoseloff, John Canfield, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Shazea Quraishi, Sophie Herxheimer, Rishi Dastidar, Rick Dove, Anne E Cooper and Molly Rowan  -discuss and read their poems on an issue that has a wide resonance,  exploring how a community shapes and is shaped by those who share its public spaces.

The theme is inspired by the library and by the growing concern from Lambeth’s residents about how the spaces we share are being closed off, privatised and neglected. Each poet has a strong Lambeth connection, and the readings will highlight that the work created here is a product of our community and therefore our shared spaces, and  celebrate the deep well of Lambeth talent.

Entry free. Refreshments available.




Saturday October 6th – it’s Fun Palace time at Tate South Lambeth

Come along to this annual celebration of fun – for all ages – between 10am and 4pm. Here’s the programme:

10.30am         Cardboard architecture – build a cardboard Tate South Lambeth Library

1.30pm           Gardening – pot your own spider plant to take home

2pm                Making slime –  to take home

2pm                Foot massage – taster session

2.30-4pm       Science club – homework help for 7-14 year olds. On every week at the library but pop in for a taster.

3pm                Food and drink

Throughout the day             knitting, a library quiz, card-making, chess, piano lessons and book sale

And the library’s till busy setting up more….