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Libraries festival comes to Brent

TALKS on the greatest libraries of history and the life of a crime writer are just some of the events coming to Brent this week as part of a London-wide libraries festival - writes brent.gov.uk.

The Library at Willesden Green is one of four libraries across London to host the 'Worlds of Possibilities' festival, 11-14 October, which coincides with National Libraries Week and aims to show how libraries are rising to the opportunities of the digital age and the wider cultural impact they have, with a range of artistic activities, talks and appearances by cultural figures.

The week of activity kicks off on Tuesday 10 October at 6:30pm with an hour-long talk from Will Bird on some of the greatest libraries of history that have been lost or destroyed, such as Alexandria and Constantinople, whereas on the same day a new exhibition, also at the Library at Willesden Green launches displaying a collection of art work from Syrian artists on the theme of urban living, entitled "Memories of Cities."

Singing, rhymes, a story session entitled 'Bath, Book, Bed with the Bookstart Bear!' takes place on Wednesday 11 October at 10am as part of a national campaign to encourage a book before bedtime, whereas later in the day, Karin Fernald provides an illustrated presentation on the life of Virginia Woolf 6:30pm, in a £2 session using paintings by Vanessa Bell, Walter Sickert, Spencer Gore, Robert Bevan and Malcolm Drummond.

Former criminal barrister-turned-author Simon Michael drops into Kilburn Library on Thursday 12 October at 6:30pm for an hour-long talk on the life of a crime writer, while back at the Library at Willesden Green on Friday 13 October, at 7:30pm comedians Slim and Stephen K Amos take to the stage as part of a now sold-out Come Mek We Larf Black History Month special.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

"The World of Possibilities festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries in London have to offer and I'm delighted that we as a borough are playing such a key role in this project.

"As our library listings show every week, Brent is a borough with an enormous cultural offer, which is why we're looking to cement our status as a cultural hub in the capital by bidding to become the London Borough of Culture 2020."

Have you backed the bid to make Brent the 2020 London Borough of Culture? Visit www.brentculture 2020.co.uk.

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