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PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

PAUL LYALLS: BACK IN RHYME FOR THE WEEKEND

As we close the book on SPINE Festival 2016, Paul Lyalls, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence, talks poetry with primary students, mums, and young ones at Askew Road Library… and giant books too!

For 3 days Askew Road Library (in downtown Hammersmith and Fulham) became the centre of the universe (or one of them) as SPINE Festival big-banged into life. There were non-stop class visits, all action baby bounces, poetry parachutes, Under 5’s in overdrive and one enormous-as-can-be book:  ‘The Askew Road Library Big book of poetry’. The book was …

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Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

Charlotte Bill: Lost and Found at Ealing library

As the dust settles on SPINE Festival 2016, we catch up with Charlotte Bill, SPINE Festival Artist in Residence at Ealing Library, to find out how you really can make animations out of just about anything… including the lost property box!

Ealing! The far West of London. I trekked over there with my trusty shopping trolley full of equipment….

The Saturday session was fun: children dropping into the library and animating the lost property which had been left in the library. There was a wonderful  selection of umbrellas and reading …

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Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Spine Festival 2016: Breaking Glass with Artist in Residence Aoife Mannix

Fire of Crystal Palace, 1936

As SPINE Festival approaches this week, our Beckenham Library Artist in Resident Aoife Mannix talks about her love of the history of Crystal Palace, her plans for the festival and where to find her to say hello. 

I sit in Beckenham Library reading eye witness accounts of how when Crystal Palace caught fire, the windows melted like ice on a hot summer’s day. People collected balls of glass as souvenirs of the catastrophe. The fire could be seen for miles and crowds gathered to watch …

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Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli: Dance in Your Local Library

Annarita Mazzilli

Join us as we cross the fictional worlds of your favourite novels and films, with the motion and beauty of dance. Experience your library as never before, as you travel through dance into your favourite Roald Dahl creations. SPINE Festival returns on 3rd-5th March 2016 at Leytonstone Library with artist in residence, professional dancer and choreographer Annarita Mazzilli.

I feel privileged to be Artist in Residence for such an exciting and important project that brings London communities together, celebrating the arts and literature in libraries with FREE fun …

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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

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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