Cityread London 2018

A picture hides a thousand words…in association with Cityread London, a month-long celebration of reading.

Richmond Libraries will be running a festival of celebratory events.

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Cityread London events take place throughout May 2018.

Drawing The Muse: Life drawing workshop

Let the nude model be your muse. Inspired by the paintings vividly described by Cityread author Jessie Burton in her book The Muse, draw the nude figure in an imagined landscape guided by an expert tutor. Figuration is an award-winning studio that runs creative workshops for all abilities. Places limited.

  • Date: Thursday 10 May
  • Time: 2 to 4pm
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: £5 per person, booking essential

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Guernica and Beyond

The Spanish Civil War inspired some of the most provocative art of the twentieth century: passionate, angry and surreal. Opening with the unveiling of Pablo Picasso's monumental painting ‘Guernica’ in 1937 this illustrated talk by Will Bird will introduce the big political themes of the conflict and the work that artists and writers, many from Britain, were driven to create in response.

  • Date:Tuesday 15 May
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Hampton Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Eel Pie Island: the Sixties-on-Thames

Michele Whitby, founder and curator of the Eel Pie Island Museum, will explore London of the 1960s, via events happening at the time at the Eelpiland Club at the island's hotel and beyond. Covering a period of radical social change this talk has a soundtrack and images from the Swinging Sixties.

  • Date:Thursday 17 May
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Teddington Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Introduction to the History of Spanish Art

This hour long talk by Mariska Beekenkamp-Wladimiroff, from Art Historical London, will be an introduction to the Art History of Spain.

As an important contributor to Western art, with many famous and influential artists (including Velázquez, Goya and Picasso), Spanish art has distinctive characteristics due to its Moorish heritage, its political and cultural climate during the Counter Reformation and the subsequent eclipse of Spanish power under the Bourbon dynasty.

Mariska will take you on an hour long whirlwind tour explaining, sharing and highlighting some of its best loved art. No previous knowledge is expected.

  • Date: Friday 18 May
  • Time: 2 to 3pm
  • Location: Richmond Library Annexe
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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A Beginner’s Guide to Family History

Using a worked example of a local family, Jane Baxter, Local Studies Manager, will guide you through the resources available in the Richmond upon Thames collection. She will show you how to follow clues to discover information in unexpected places. The Etherington family lived in Richmond for over 200 years. 

Jane will demonstrate how the pieces of the jigsaw fit together to build up a picture of their lives. Places are limited.

  • Date: Saturday 19 May
  • Time: 2 to 3pm
  • Location: Richmond Local Studies Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Swinging London: An illustrated timeline

The Sixties saw London cast off the gloom of the post-war years and transform into the bright, swinging centre of style and culture.  This illustrated timeline provides a reminder of that groovy, swinging decade! A talk with Nick Dobson.

Booking is essential.

Date Time Location Price Booking
Monday 21 May 7 to 8pm Hampton Hill Library £3 Book online
Wednesday 23 May 7 to 8pm Whitton Library £3 Book online

Temptation: An evening with Vesna Main

Local author Vesna Main will be talking about her new collection of short stories, Temptation: A user’s guide. Love and secrets permeate Vesna’s tales, which are populated by outsiders, solitary individuals toiling through their daily lives, motivated by a passion that borders on, and often spills into, obsession. These themes echo those explored in the Cityread book The Muse.

  • Date: Thursday 24 May
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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A conversation with Jessie Burton

Bestselling novelist Jessie Burton will be talking about her second novel The Muse, the chosen Cityread London book for 2018. Jessie’s debut novel, The Miniaturist, was also a bestseller and was recently televised. Jessie will be in conversation with journalist Anna James.

  • Date: Tuesday 29 May
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Richmond Information and Reference Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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60s London themed quiz night

Test your knowledge of the Swinging London of the 1960s. The quiz will include rounds on literature, anagrams and music. Come as a team of 6 or join a team on the night.

Ticket price includes a fish and chip supper. Soft drinks are provided.

  • Date: Wednesday 30 May
  • Time: 7 to 9pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: £10 per person, booking essential

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The Spanish Civil War: A Portrait of Turmoil

A look at the origins and course of the Spanish Civil War, illustrated by the amazing art works and posters that chronicled those turbulent times. A talk with Nick Dobson.

  • Date: Thursday 31 May
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Kew Library
  • Price: £3 per person, booking essential

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Cityread website

Activities, talks and events will be going on across London and details can be found on the Cityread website.

Updated: 23 March 2018