Tuesday May 2
A century ago all Britons were urged to get behind their King and Country as 'the war to end all wars' raged across the Continent. But not all Londoners rallied to the Allied cause.
As local historian Dick Weindling will reveal, some residents of north west London, and West Hampstead in particular, were spying for the Kaiser.
Who were they? Why did they follow this path? And what happened to them?
Everyone has heard of the exploits of such men as Burgess, Philby and Maclean. But of spies during the First World War we know relatively little... until now.
Join us in the library for what promises to be an evening of intrigue!
As ever, entry is free but donations will be appreciated. Also, the doors will open at 7.00pm, for a 7.30 start, so to be sure of a seat do please arrive in good time.
To download the event flier seen below please click here.
PREVIOUSLY at WEST HAMPSTEAD LIBRARY
Since the formation of FoWHL in 1998 a number of authors 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 February 2017 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.
Every Monday 9.45 - 10.45am
Dance for Fitness with Maria
a blend of Zumba Gold and Stretch and Tone - suitable for all abilities and over 50s. £2.50 per class, pay as you go.
Enquiries: Anna Clancey - 020 7794 3729
Every Tuesday 9.45 - 10.45am
Raja Yoga Meditation Classes
on a different theme each week
no charge for participation, all levels welcome
Enquiries: Romina or Dulce
Every Wednesday and Friday 9.45 - 10.45am
£3 per class
The AM Club – for the retired, but not retiring
drop in for a cuppa, a chat and a speaker
11.30 - 1.00pm on third Wednesday every month
Wednesday April 19th
Wednesday May 17th
Wednesday June 21st
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