SPINE Festival – Meet the boroughs of Waltham Forest & Brent

Continuing our SPINE Festival introductions, we’re excited to bring you the boroughs of Waltham Forest and Brent.

Introducing Waltham Forest…


Waltham Forest Libraries are much more than places where books are stored. Residents and visitors to the 8 libraries can access a huge range of services and a great programme of regular events; from free internet access to open mic nights – Waltham Forest have it covered!

Within the borough, Walthamstow Library, Lea Bridge Library, and North Chingford Library are thrilled to be hosting events as part of SPINE Festival. Visit the SPINE events page for full details of all the Waltham Forest SPINE events, including SPIN, an interactive show bursting with a playful mix of rap, poetry, and storytelling; Pop-Up Flashback, the theatre show of pop-up books and poetry like you’ve never seen or heard before; and Storycraft, where families are encouraged to enjoy stories and craft together.

Introducing Brent…

Across six high quality buildings, Brent libraries offer safe and neutral places for the public. Open seven days a week in accessible locations, the libraries provide great meeting places for thewembley-library community, with some offering café and shop facilities. Dedicated and well-stocked children’s areas have been developed to meet increased demand, with adequate space for class visits and activities. Brent libraries house a number of modern and attractive teenage zones, flexible study areas and quiet zones, and offer a range of hirable multi-functional community rooms, suitable for meetings, courses, and performances.

Throughout SPINE Festival, poet, musician and visual artist Jared Louche will be bringing his energetic creativity to Harlesden Library in Brent as one of five Artists in Residence. Originally from New York, Jared has toured the world with his music, poetry and storytelling.

‘Launching on World Book Day, 5 March, this is a marvellous opportunity for nursery aged and school children, and families to enjoy and participate in a wide range of events from best selling authors to innovative  drama and theatre performances, amazing pHarlesden-library2oetry, and fascinating puppets. There is something for everyone, even the most reluctant of readers!’ — Sarah Smith, Brent Library Service

Jared will be running a fun programme of free SPINE Festival workshops for everyone aged 5-11 years. So if you fancy playing with rhymes and rhythms or getting messy with some crafts, visit Jared’s Artist in Residence events page for all the dates and times.

Look out for Jared’s upcoming blog post to find out more about his work and why he’s excited to be a SPINE Artist in Residence…

For more information about Brent and Waltham Forest library services visit www.brent.gov.uk/libraries | www.walthamforest.gov.uk/libraries

SPINE Festival is produced by Apples and Snakes in partnership with library authorities across London as part of Apples and Snakes’ work as an Associate Bridge organisation. For more information visit the SPINE project page or follow #SpineFestival.