Author: Around Dulwich

Festival America Launches in London

Dulwich Books will host an event with Jonathan Ames (25 September) as part of Festival America, the much-lauded French festival which makes its debut in London this year (24-27th September) in venues around Traflagar Square and in Dulwich. Founded in Paris in 2002,  Festival America celebrates the finest contemporary writing from the Americas. In its inaugural year, the focus country is Canada and the festival will welcome some of the country’s most celebrated writers and debut novelists to London including Patrick DeWitt, Andrée Michaud, Heather O’Neill, Michael Redhill and Guy Vanderhaeghe. They will speak alongside writers from North America including Nathan Hill, Sarah Churchwell, Jonathan Ames and Ivy Pochoda. Jonathan Ames is the creator of TV series including Blunt Talk and Bored to Death; he is also the author of the novel You Were Never Really Here, made into a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. His 1998 novel the Extra Man riffs on New York high society and is a tale of friendship and frustration, cocktails and cross-dressing. Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott’s novel portrays Truman Capote and his betrayal of the women he appeared to need and adore – his Swans, inhabitants of the upper East Side who gave him an entrée and …

The Peckham Festival Fun Run 2018

This year Peckham Festival will be introducing their first FUN run through the amazing Peckham Rye Common on Sunday 16th of September at 9am. Sponsored by Gareth James Property and brought to you in association with Parkrun, Runhead and Peckham Vision. Peckham Festival are looking for participants of all experiences to take part in one of the 3 different sections: 1k for our younger aspiring runners. 5k for our aspiring beginners and more moderately experienced runners. 10k for experienced runners. Peckham Festival will be timing everyone but if you do want to put the FUN in FUN run we would love to see you in fancy dress. Additionally if you would like to run for a charity that you care about, go for it! Please register your interest at funrun@garethjames.com Peckham Festival is a hyper-local festival with a single aim of celebrating creative and cultural Peckham. It exists to to promote artists, makers, creators, and community groups with a particular focus on an inclusive approach to the BME, youth and LGBTQI groups within the area. For more details of what’s on please visit www.peckhamfestival.org.

Dads Don’t Babysit

James Millar is a political journalist and author living in East Dulwich with his partner and two primary school-aged children. His latest book, Dads Don’t Babysit, published on September 14, looks at why men don’t take on more of the childcare in most families despite saying that they want to and what can be done to change that. East Dulwich appears a bastion of parental progressiveness. Go to any of the many rhyme time or little swimmers or baby gym sessions and there’ll be a dad there with his little one. But only one dad. Or at best a handful, compared to many more mums or even grannies looking to entertain their offspring. That’s because women are better suited to childcare. Or just like doing it more than men. Right? Cobblers. Men want to spend more time with their families and the weight of evidence shows that they are just as capable of parenting as their female partners. But there’s a ‘paternity gap’ – a difference between what men say they want and what actually …

Dulwich Picture Gallery – September events

Exhibitions & Displays Ribera: Art of Violence 26 September 2018 – 27 January 2019 Ribera: Art of Violence will be the first UK show of work by the Spanish Baroque artist and printmaker, Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652), bringing together his most sensational, shocking and masterfully composed work. This exhibition will explore for the first time the theme of violence in Ribera’s work to demonstrate how his images are neither the product of his supposed sadism nor the expression of a purely aesthetic interest, but rather involve a complex artistic, religious and cultural engagement in the depiction of bodily suffering – challenging visitors to look beyond the shocking imagery. Lectures & Talks Contextual Lectures Series Tuesdays, 10.30 – 11.45am, £12; £10 Friends & Concessions After the 2017 bicentenary series that looked back on the Gallery’s origins, in this new series accomplished authorities will speculate on how the wider future might look a generation from now across politics, social change, engineering, banking, law and popular culture. Environment, Climate & a Just Future 18 September with Professor Liz Fisher, Professor of Environmental Law, University of Oxford Democracies have many choices …

Help Herne Hill kids beat a Guinness World Record

Herne Hill’s long, dark and grotty underpass between Station Square and Milkwood Road is set to be transformed on 12th September with the world’s most contributions to a colour by numbers painting.  Around 1,500 local primary kids from Herne Hill have agreed to help beat the Guinness World Record for the most contributions to a colour by numbers painting, and are aiming to complete this mammoth task on a single day. Read more here. The record we were aiming to beat previously stood at 454. Not a doddle, but a doable for sure! But just last weekend a new record was set – 1116 participants. Yikes!  So this is a big old call to arms for people to get involved. How to get involved If you’re a pupil at St Jude’s, Michael Tippett, Herne Hill, Judith Kerr, Jessop, Rosendale, Turney or St Saviour’s schools, chances are you will already be booked to come and colour in with us. Participating pupils will be coming to colour in during school hours on the 12th and 13th September, …