Author: Around Dulwich

GE Moore Lecture: Restoration and Innovation

Dulwich College’s Quartercentenary Year of GE Moore Lectures commences with “Restoration and Innovation” on Monday 4th March. The lecture focuses on the link between the Barry Buildings, at the very heart of the College, and the Houses of Parliament. Two generations of the Barry family were at the axis of both of these large, high profile projects. We will be looking back to their design and creation and their empathetic recent restoration. The Laboratory and its state of the art technology and twenty-first century award winning design is the focus of the second part of the lecture and how it complements the Barry Buildings on the College campus. Please email for booking information.

The Last Word: Shannon Reed, Owner of Mockingbird Makes

I am the owner of Mockingbird Makes and a speaker on Creativity for Wellness with over 15 years experience in creative innovation and personal development. I am also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and am a mum of two boys. How long have you lived in the area? I’m originally from New Zealand but have lived in East Dulwich for over 10 years. What brought you here? My husband and I moved here to have a garden, as we previously lived in an apartment in Battersea. What do you most value about the street you live in? We live in a cul-de-sac and the boys can enjoy playing out with other children. We also live close to Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and are delighted they are back in their home ground. The way the community have come together to bring them home is so inspiring. I donate to their 12thman fund for everything I make in the team’s colours. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Whenever we’ve discussed moving …

An Homage to Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott

Join bestselling author Ben Schott as he discusses his new novel based on the work of P G Wodehouse: Jeeves and the King of Clubs.  ‘vibrates with the spirit and rhythms of Wodehouse’s heart.’ – Sunday Times  ‘A delight to read’ – Observer Storm clouds loom over Europe. Treason is afoot in the highest social circles. The very security of the nation is in peril. Jeeves, it transpires, has long been an agent of British Intelligence, but now His Majesty’s Government must turn to the one man who can help… Bertie Wooster. In this magnificent new homage to P. G. Wodehouse, Ben Schott leads Jeeves and Wooster on an uproarious adventure of espionage through the secret corridors of Whitehall, the sunlit lawns of Brinkley Court, and the private clubs of St James’s, complete with an unforgettable cast of characters – old and new. Fully approved by the Wodehouse Estate, Jeeves and the King of Clubsis faithful to the history and personality of Wodehouse’s characters – but casts them in new roles and era, with hilarious results. Ben …

Me & ED Photo Competition Winners

2019 started with a show of Community Spirit in East Dulwich with the Jeannie Avent Gallery on North Cross Road kindly showcasing the entries from the @loveeastd #meanded photo competition. The 411 entries, depicting what entrants think captures the spirit of the area, created a wave of colour around the walls. From people and places, to art work and animals, what SE22 means to each individual is wonderfully unique and certainly diverse. Back in October a panel of independent judges selected the winning images which will appear as an outdoor exhibition running from East Dulwich station, to Goose Green, down Lordship Lane and in to North Cross Road. For more info on the winners, or to see all the entries, visit

Carry On Europe: Jonathan Coe and Robert Menasse at Dulwich Books

Dulwich Books are delighted to pair two award-winning authors that take an acerbic view of current political travails. Jonathan Coe’s Middle England is a state-of-the-nation novel beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and in London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever. It follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. The Capital by Robert Menasse, expertly translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch, is at once a sharp satire, a crime story, a comedy of manners and a philosophical essay. Billed as the major European novel, and published on the eve of Brexit, at its heart is a powerful pro-European message: no-one should forget the circumstances that gave rise to the European project in the first place. As Ezra Pound said: “Literature is news that stays news”. Join us and see how these two works of fiction cast more light on our current times than any work of journalism. The event will be chaired by the Literary …