ABOUT THE EVENT

Stay tuned for Worlds of Possibilities 2018! Watch our highlights video below.

Bringing together all of London’s libraries for the first National Libraries Week, the Worlds of Possibilities festival showcased the wider cultural impact that libraries have by delivering a multi-disciplinary set of FREE artistic activities in public libraries beginning a tradition of a London Libraries Festival during National Libraries Week.

This project focussed around 4 showcase events that took place over four days (11-14 October) during National Libraries Week. The events covered music, art, dance, poetry, drama and involved performances from London’s Lead London Library Ambassador Jah Wobble, Viv Groskup, Jessica Hynes and others. The four headline events took place in Westminster, Tower Hamlets, Brent and Merton.

 

Highlights Include:

Jah Wobble

Renowned international musician, local boy and London Libraries Ambassador, John Wardle (Jah Wobble) brings his acclaimed band to Whitechapel Idea Store. This is a unique one off full band performance not to be missed and will demonstrate why the Invaders are one of the most talked about bands on the touring circuit. The show comes hot on the heels of an acclaimed album called ‘Usual Suspects’ and a  performance at Ronnie Scott’s.

Viv Groskup

Viv Groskup is a British journalist, writer and comedian. Following on from the success of her one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Viv will be reading from her new book The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature at Wembley Library.

Jessica Hynes

Known professionally as Jessica Stevenson until 2007, Jessica was one of the creators, writers and stars of the British sitcom Spaced and has worked as a writer and actress for over two decades, most recently on on BBC’s W1A as Siobhan Sharpe, BBC Brand Consultant. Jessica will be providing a unique insight into her career in an intimate setting in the new Arts Space at Wimbledon Library. She will share her thoughts on public libraries and will bring the Worlds of Possibilities – London Libraries Festival to a fitting close.

Tommy Sissons

Tommy Sissons is a 20-year-old spoken word poet who lives between Brighton and London. He is the 2014 Slambassadors national slam champion, a finalist in the 2014 Roundhouse Poetry Slam, a Words First poet and a two-time regional Hammer and Tongue slam champion, coming 5th in the National Finals of 2013 and 2014.

Gareth P Jones

Gareth P Jones has been writing children’s books since 2007. In 2012 he won the Blue Peter Book Award for The Considine Curse. He has written for all ages but is most well known for his Ninja Meerkats series and his standalone cult MG novel, The Thornthwaite Inheritance (about a pair of twins who have spent their lives trying to kill each other). He recently wrote a sequel, The Thornthwaite Betrayal. His latest series is called Pet Defenders and features pets fighting aliens. 

Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova is the celebrated author of three novels, The Historian, The Swan Thieves, and The Shadow Land. She reads and lectures internationally and is co-founder of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation which provides opportunities for Bulgarian writers and translators.

Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Smriti Prasadam-Halls Is the international bestselling author of over 30 books for children including I Love You Night and Day and Don’t Call Me Sweet and many other picture books, early readers and activity books. Before becoming a full time writer in 2012, she worked in children’s publishing and television. She’s now been published in 25 languages from Arabic to Afrikaans and from Catalan to Korean. Her most recent book is The Ways of the Wolf which was published in October 2017.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

All of London’s 325 Public Libraries will be taking part in National Libraries Week and the London Libraries Festival. Check out the map to find your nearest festival!

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OUR LIBRARIES

The festival will centre around four libraries in London:

Library at Willesden Green, Brent
Pimlico Library
Idea Store Whitechapel
Wimbledon Library

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Westminster

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Wimbledon

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OUR LIBRARIES

The festival will centre around four libraries in London:

Library at Willesden Green, Brent
Pimlico Library
Idea Store Whitechapel
Wimbledon Library

CONTACT US
Willesden Green
Whitechapel
Westminster
Wimbledon

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