Thursday, 26 April 2012

To be or not to be

This week includes William Shakespeare's birthday - 23rd April- and we thought we should give the bard a mention after so much publicity for Charles Dickens.
You may have noticed that Shakespeare is being featured in many ways by the BBC as part of the promotion of our cultural heritage as the Olympics draw closer. Have you watched or listened to any of the programmes?
Did you study Shakespeare at school? Have you tried any since? Does the presence of someone like Lenny Henry or David Tennant in the cast encourage you to watch one of his plays?
If reading the original plays seems off-putting, there are many other ways of trying Shakespeare - abridged versions of the story, visual and audio productions and even graphic novels.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Please Sir, can I have some more?

We return to our old friend Charles Dickens as this month there are many special events celebrating his work.
Many people will be joining in reading Oliver Twist during April and there are versions available in all our libraries for children and teens as well as the original full length novel.

To celebrate the great man’s 200th birthday, we’ve got some great talks lined up for you in April.

Novelist Ian Porter will be taking you on a “Walk through Dickens’ London”; a talk on Dickens’ life and times in London and Kent.
Erith Library Tuesday 24th April 2.30pm
Sidcup Library Wednesday 25th April at 2.30pm
Historian and author Adam Roberts will be giving a talk called “Dickens with a Twist”; a sideways look at the book, and the man
“Why has the novel proved so enduring?...How does it map London?...And why is Twist called Twist?”
Central Library, Wednesday 25th April 7.30 pm
Tickets for all the talks cost £2.50 and are available from the libraries concerned, or telephone 020 8303 7777