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Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Picture the Poet with Roundabout, by Sai Murray

Poet Sai Murray talks to us about Picture the Poet and working with youth organisation Roundabout.

It was a real pleasure to work with the youth organisation Roundabout and to help uncover some of the creative talents that the young people possess. After over-coming the ‘poetry boundary’ – the traditional hurdle of poetry being viewed as something to be studied in books rather than a fluid, live, interactive medium of expression – we enjoyed conversations that ranged from blokes and banter, to loneliness, hostel life and biscuits.

In the process, …

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A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

A Look Back at SPINE Festival 2015

As SPINE Festival comes to a close, we look back over a packed programme of more than 50 free arts and literature events that took place in libraries across London.

‘It can feel like society is signposting us — Do art here but not over here, that’s not an ‘ART’ space — but we live and breathe creativity wherever we are’ – Rachel Sambrooks, Hounslow Artist in Residence

Pop-Up Flashback with Joseph Coelho

This first ever pan-London libraries festival, brought communities together in 33 libraries across 11 London boroughs to …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Gemma Coldicott: Reflections on SPINE Festival

As SPINE Festival comes to an end, we catch up with Artist in Residence for Southwark, Gemma Coldicott.

‘What’s in the box?’…Wonder no more. Reflections on SPINE Festival.

The workshops are all over, the sharing shared and the solander box closed. SPINE was a brilliant 4 weeks, during which time I met and danced with 102 children aged between 3-10yrs old with and without disabilities. Oh, and there was also a cheerful (more senior) lady who occasionally joined in our warm ups.

The sharing was full of surprises, as the …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Jared Louche: The Land of Magnificent

We catch up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence Jared Louche for all the latest from Harlesden Library…

These past few weeks, ensconced in the throbbing heart of Harlesden Library, have been one glorious ride through the Land Of Magnificent:

deliriously crazy busy hours of knotting and unknotting tales,
hectic mania of tumbling activity,
explosive excitement of pushing pencils leaving their pirouette shavings and seed-sprouting poems behind.

They’ve been weeks of snipping scissors shearing
blind, blank pages into
rhythmic dots and jots of
colour and creation.

They’ve been …

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SPINE Festival Artist in Residence - Rachel Sambrooks: Adventures in Hounslow

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence – Rachel Sambrooks: Adventures in Hounslow

With SPINE Festival getting off to a great start, we caught up with SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, Rachel Sambrooks, at Hounslow Central Library to hear all about it!

Adventures in Hounslow…

Hounslow Library is integrated into the bustle of modern life. It’s at the top of the Treaty Shopping Centre, it’s busy and filled with families at the weekend, often stopping off during their shopping trip. It’s heartening to see how many people have embraced the workshops and Word Quest. We left some activities up and there …

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SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D'Cruz: The Journey Begins...

SPINE Artist in Residence Andy D’Cruz: The Journey Begins…

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Sutton, Andy D’Cruz, tells us about the exciting ‘Home is…’ project he’s been kick-starting at Circle Library.

The Journey Begins…

It’s the first day of my SPINE Festival project and I am meeting the team at Circle Library in Sutton, preparing materials and discussing ideas. Whilst I’m waiting, I take some photos of the surrounding houses as a starting point for the project. I begin to look for differences and diversity in the buildings and soon realise that the houses are all pretty …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Southwark Artist in Residence Gemma Coldicott

SPINE Festival – Introducing Southwark Artist in Residence Gemma Coldicott

Dance artist Gemma Coldicott tells us what she’s been getting up to at Brandon Library as SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Southwark.

Amplified music and children dancing, in libraries? Not sure these are the most kindred of spirits. So, with slight trepidation I journeyed into Kennington, to Brandon Library, with my mini speaker, and definitely no subwoofers, in toe.

I retrieved my ‘work book’, a solander style box, and prepared it for the session by filling it with items such as scarves and ribbons. Appropriately called ‘What’s

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SPINE Festival - Meet the Boroughs of Croydon and Harrow

SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Croydon and Harrow

Croydon and Harrow are the last of our 11 SPINE Festival boroughs to be introduced. Let’s see what they have to offer!

Introducing Croydon…

Within the borough of Croydon there is a total of 13 libraries promoting and celebrating literacy and creativity.

These libraries provide diverse spaces for the community, offering a wide range of public events and facilities, including information and enquiry services, and free computer and internet access. The London borough of Croydon library services are managed by Cultural Community Solutions Ltd (CCS).

Introducing Harrow…

There is a

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Lewisham Artist in Residence Adam Kammerling

SPINE Festival – Introducing Lewisham Artist in Residence Adam Kammerling

Spoken word artist Adam Kammerling gives us an insight into his work and what he has planned for SPINE Festival at Catford Library in Lewisham.

Google Maps is a liar. Google Maps told me, despite being given all the correct information, that Catford Library is in Halfords. I stepped onto the industrial estate and thought to myself — ‘Well this is a slightly dystopian setting for a library. An island of peaceful learning in a heaving ocean of trade and capitalism. Interesting.’

But it turns out Catford Library is not …

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Introducing the SPINE Festival boroughs of Ealing and Southwark

Introducing the SPINE Festival boroughs of Ealing and Southwark

Ealing and Southwark are two of eleven boroughs getting involved in SPINE Festival. Find out what they have to offer!

Introducing Ealing…

There are 13 public libraries in the Ealing borough offering users a 21st Century experience, with free computers and WiFi. The Central Library is Ealing’s flagship library, providing a modern and welcoming environment to cater for a diverse community of all ages.

The library also features a large study area, a learning centre for adult education classes, and a new performance space, with capacity for a seated audience …

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