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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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SPINE Festival - Meet the Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham

SPINE Festival – Meet the Boroughs of Bromley and Lewisham

Ahead of SPINE Festival in March, we’re getting to know some of the boroughs involved, next up… Bromley and Lewisham

Introducing Bromley…

There are 14 libraries across the borough of Bromley, providing the local community with an array of great facilities and meeting places, including rooms and halls for hire.

Bromley Central Library is the largest of all the libraries in the borough, with a diverse programme of reading groups and children’s activities taking place throughout each month.

Visit Beckenham Library in the borough of Bromley …

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SPINE Festival - Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival – Introducing Brent Artist in Residence Jared Louche

SPINE Festival Artist in Residence for Brent, Jared Louche, tells us why he feels projects like SPINE are important, why he’s excited to be involved, and what he has in store for everyone at Harlesden Library.

I’m currently involved in SPINE Festival as Artist in Residence at Harlesden Library in the borough of Brent. I’m a poet, performer, rock star, writer, photographer and workshop facilitator. For the past fifteen years I’ve been working at the nexus of the Arts, Education and Health Care. I facilitate writing, art and …

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SPINE Festival - Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Festival – Hounslow Artist in Residence Rachel Sambrooks

SPINE Artist in Residence for Hounslow, Rachel Sambrooks, tells us all about her work as a writer and performer, and gives us the inside scoop from Hounslow Central Library…

Adventuring with Words at Hounslow Library

I’ve been a writer and performer for many years doing lots of different projects. I love making up poems and stories, telling old stories and making people laugh. Young people are my favourite audience! I’m really excited to be working within Hounslow Central Library and I’ve already met some brilliant writers and performers.

At the …

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SPINE Festival - Meet the boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

SPINE Festival – Meet the boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Find out about the SPINE Festival boroughs of Bexley and Hounslow

Introducing Bexley…

The borough of Bexley is home to 10 libraries, housing a wide range of resources, and hosting an exciting mix of regular activities for children, young people, and adults.

Central Library, Bexleyheath is the main Library for the borough, with a great variety of books and activities for all ages and meeting rooms available for hire.

Visit Central Library, Bexleyheath on Saturday 7 March for a special SPINE Festival showing of Half Moon Theatre‘s Pop-Up

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