OUR NEXT EVENT – THURSDAY JULY 18 - 7.30pm
In conversation with FoWHL Patron Jim Carter, the writer, broadcaster and ace poke player Victoria Coren Mitchell kept us all entertained with a string of stories about her early life in Cricklewood, her poker games in seedy dives (okay, mostly St John's Wood and Finchley) and her attempts at stand up comedy. She partly summarised her success as a victory for the nerds, a triumph for misfits. Thanks to both Jim 'n' Vic for a rollicking evening!
Caitlin Davies (above) grew up near to Holloway Prison and always wondered about the inmates. In her new book 'Bad Girls – a history of Rebels and Renegades' she found out who they were, and why most of them should never have been locked up. Click here for a full report of another engrossing evening at West Hampstead Library.
Can we trust the news? That was the question posed by former BBC Radio reporter and FoWHL Committee member David Stevenson (left) in conversation with John Lloyd of the Financial Times and the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University. The evening attracted another capacity crowd to West Hampstead Library (below), including several local journalists, media students and academics. (Photos by Janet Nabney)
FoWHL celebrated its 20th anniversary at the AGM on February 15. For a report of the evening, click here.
FoWHL Patron Jim Carter (right) proved an able and amiable host on December 5 when Sir Derek Jacobi, who has recently moved to West Hampstead, regaled a full house with stories from his long career on stage, film and TV. Read the report here.
A packed audience tapped their toes and sang along as songwriter Graham Gouldman regaled FoWHL with stories of his youth in Manchester and his path to success via the Yardbirds, the Hollies and 10cc.
Read the full report here. (photo by Janet Nabney)
Ted Booth signed off from his duties as FoWHL's first ever Writer in Residence with an entertaining and moving selection of his favourite prose and poetry in September. If you missed the evening and want to know what readings Ted and his co-star Flick Rea chose, please click here (photo by Janet Nabney)
OTHER EVENTS / ACTIVITIES
In addition to the Friends of West Hampstead Library, a number of other organisations hire the library for classes, musical performances, lectures and meetings.
FoWHL FM – this new group meets on the first Monday of the month from 6.00 - 7.00pm in the Children's Library. The subject will vary from month to month. All are welcome and participation is free. Watch out for details on this website and on the FoWHL noticeboard.
The AM Club – for the retired, but not retiring
drop in for a cuppa, a chat and a speaker
11.30 - 1.00pm on the third Wednesday of every month
The Reading Group – this group meets to discuss a particular book on one Monday a month from 6.00-7.00pm in the Children's Library. At the moment there is a waiting list to join, so please leave your name with one of the librarians. If there are sufficient numbers interested, it is possible that FoWHL may form a second Reading Group, also on a Monday from 6.00 - 7.00pm. Watch this space!
To check out regular events in the Children's Library at West Hampstead, click here
AT OTHER CAMDEN LIBRARIES
For a full list of events in other Camden libraries look on the FoWHL Noticeboard in the library or click here
To find out more about hiring the library for your event