I first posted on this blog 13 years ago and, despite some help from many people along the way, have been running it mostly singlehandedly. There have been an awful lot of changes to the way people use the web since 2013, not least the rise of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and the amount of work to keep it going has increased greatly.
Lately I’ve been finding it a struggle to balance the work required to maintain a useful resource across all the platforms, as well as having a full-time job and keeping some kind of personal life. While I’m not planning to give it up any time soon, I wouldn’t mind asking for a bit of help.
I’m looking for volunteers on all the social channels. The work involved isn’t onerous; keep an eye on local news, share/retweet interesting stories, perhaps post the occasional bit of original content. If you’re a Facebook/Twitter/Instagram user who can spare a few minutes every other day or so, I’d hugely appreciate it.
It’s strictly volunteer work, unfortunately; I’m long past the stage where I could usefully earn any money from this. There are occasional opportunities to get invited along to events, but I can’t promise anything.
It’s the second instalment of Camberwell Arts Open Studios this weekend!
Camberwell’s artists, makers and creators will once again open their doors to art lovers, collectors and gift seekers where everything you can image will be on show: jewellery, paintings, textiles, fashion, photography, ceramics, homewear, accessories and more.
Now firmly established since their debut in 2013, with the aim of placing Camberwell on the cultural map of London, CFFF is back to screen a selection of classic, contemporary and cult movies at cafes, pubs, civic spaces and landmark architectural venues around SE5. Entirely curated and organized on a voluntary basis by local residents with a passion for cinema and community, the festival forms a part of the highly successful and rapidly growing Free Film Festivals family.
Highlights for 2016 include, a German themed night at Dulwich Hamlet Football Club where amongst the beer, food and music the rarely seen techno spoof “Fraktus” which is set in Hamburg will be screened. There will also be a creepy double bill over two nights at JazzLive at The Crypt underneath St.Giles Church featuring the 1962 classic “Carnival Of Souls” paired with the smash contemporary debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” by Ana Lily Amirpour. We are also delighted to revisit architectural landmark William Booth College for a closing weekend of matinees at The Salvation Army including the BAFTA nominated “Suffragette”.
Whatever you thought about the demolition of the old orchard and the total lack of real consultation about the library (Bad. There wasn’t one.) now that it is here, I think it’s well worth enjoying it.
Something that surprised me somewhat was that all the books in there are new. Apparently this is not unusual, and eventually a few of the books will be brought over from old library, but the rest will be distributed to other libraries, or sold. [Update (12th Nov): I’ve now been told this may not be the case. Will check and get to the bottom of this on Friday.]
The selection books is much wider than before, I got rather excited by the selection of art books that I otherwise could not afford.
There are a lot of events on both during the day, and in the evening, including some talks from well known authors at one end like Lionel Shriver this evening and Stella Duffy in a few weeks time, and (ahem) me somewhere beneath that!
I went to the talk by Dorothy Koomson which was well attended and very interesting but you must email firstname.lastname@example.org to book most of the talks. Having said that, the Dorothy Koomson one was theoretically fully booked but not everyone turned up, so you may be able to wing it!
Talks and events over the next month or so. Click on the photos to get full size images.
The Children’s section of the library seems to be very, very popular. There were about 50 kids and parents there the other day for a storytelling session.
The library itself is mostly on one floor, but upstairs there is a long bench where you can work and study, with sockets for laptops.
There librarians have also brought in exhibits from the Cuming Museum relating to Camberwell, and also pictures of Camberwell are being put up from the Southwark Art Collection.
Some thought has also gone into the outside areas. The trees in front of the Magistrates Court now sport some really nice little bird boxes!
I also love the welcome to Camberwell vinyl at the entrance to the library. If you look carefully, you’ll find a lot of Camberwell institutions, including the Art School, St Giles, and even Sophocles and Crusons!
Which brings me nicely to a plug for a talk I’m doing this Friday 13th November at 7.30pm. [Updated 13⁄11 to correct the time)].
I was rather chuffed to be invited to do a talk on my photography series 36 Reasons To Love Camberwell. Unlike the other talks you don’t need to book, just turn up.
There will be a short question and answer session about the original project by the Head Librarian, Mark, and me. Then we’ll be opening up the floor to everyone and discussing the changes around Camberwell in the last few years, and those changes coming.
I’m going to update the series, and the discussion will form the basis for new photos and eventually a new book some time next year.
So please come along. It would be lovely to see you all, and while you are at it, you can have a look around this fantastic new edition to Camberwell.