DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday, September 13 the ever popular Tata Isa French music sessions will return after their summer vacances. For more details of their sessions, click here.
Also on Wednesday September 13, in the upstairs library, FoWHL is hosting another poetry evening with our Writer in Residence Ted Booth and FoWHL stalwart Flick Rea. Last year Ted and Flick focused on Hampstead Poets, and a glorious evening it was too. This year? We await their deliberations...
To download a flier for this event, click here.
Finally on Tuesday October 24 our special guest is musician Graham Gouldman, once of 10cc and for many years one of British pop music's most prolific songwriters. Remember 'For Your Love' by the Yardbirds? That was one of Graham's. And 'Bus Stop' by the Hollies. And 'No Milk Today' by Herman's Hermits… the toe-tapping list goes on. Graham will talk about his career, and - whoopee! - he has promised to bring his guitar. (Note: nearer the time we will take bookings for this event via Eventbrite.)
PREVIOUSLY at WEST HAMPSTEAD LIBRARY
Since the formation of FoWHL in 1998 a number of authors, actors, journalists and performers have been invited to speak at the library, starting with appearances by novelist Doris Lessing, agony aunt Anna Raeburn and actor and author Stephen Fry, all of whom were then resident in West Hampstead and kindly agreed to become patrons of FoWHL.
Most recently, in July 2017 novelist Linda Grant was our guest, talking about The Dark Circle, her intriguing tale of TB sufferers in post war Britain. In May 2017, local historian Dick Weindling treated us to an extraordinary series of tales concerning sundry oddball residents in our area during the First World War. For more on the Kaiser's Spies in West Hampstead, click here.
In February we had a full house for an evening of anecdotes and Downton Abbey stories with local actor and longtime FoWHL supporter Jim Carter. For a full report of this truly memorable evening, click here.
We had another full house in December 2016 when the FoWHL Players, accompanied by the Occasional Choir, treated us to a series of Season's Readings; some hilarious, some poignant, plucked from the bookshelves. The readers were locals actors Michael Simkins and Julia Deakin, joined by one of the stars of West Hampstead, actress and Celebrity Masterchef winner Sophie Thompson. Adding their voices to this wonderful evening were singers Phyllida Hancock, Marie Louise Clark and Andrew Frank.
In October 2016, our Writer in Residence Ted Booth combined with FoWHL member Flick Rea to put on an excellent evening of works by Hampstead Poets. A report of the evening from the West Hamptead Life website can be seen here.
Before then, in September 2016, our guest was the author Kate Summerscale, who talked about her books The Wicked Boy and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, and in general about the Victorian public's fascination with detectives and murder cases. In July, our guest was the author and film-maker Iain Sinclair, who discussed his latest book London Overground – A Day's Walk Around the Ginger Line in front of an attentive capacity crowd. For a report of the evening from our friends at West Hampstead Life click here
In June 2016 we were joined by non-ficton writer Simon Garfield, who spoke about his book, A Notable Woman, the diaries of Jean Lucey Pratt. You can read a report on the evening by our own Writer in Residence, Ted Booth, here.
Our other guests since have included Times columnist David Aaronovitch, TV historian Michael Wood, children's author John Burningham, novelists Fay Weldon and Zadie Smith, theatre director Jude Kelly (who at the time, in 2002, was setting up an arts space called Metal, in the former Metropolitan Line station office on Broadhurst Gardens), local historians Dick Weindling and Marianne Colloms, Stephen Russell, aka The Barefoot Doctor, the author and historian Judith Flanders (who read from her study The Victorian House), and the railway historian and campaigner, Christian Wolmar (who told amazing tales of London's subterranean railways).
FoWHL has also received terrific support from locally-based actors, forming themselves into an ad hoc troupe known as the FoWHL Players. Among their esteemed ranks have featured Imelda Staunton, Jim Carter, Sophie Thompson, Phyllida Law, Edward Petherbridge, Emily Richard, Tracey Ann Oberman, Michael Simkins, Michael Jenn and Paul Brightwell.
Our gallery above recalls some of the highlights. To find out more click on any of the images above.
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.
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
• Please note this website supersedes our previous website at www.fowhl.co.uk