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Bring along baby for London’s smartest new parent event

RECLAIM YOUR BRAIN … BRING YOUR BABY! Babble Talks are daytime TED-style talks for parents, not about parenting. For parents and carers with babies under 1 year old.

Coming Up in East Dulwich…

On Wednesday 22 May at 11.30am, Babble Talks will be hosting Dr Jen Gupta at the East Dulwich Picturehouse for her talk: Rainbow Astronomy.

Tickets are £10 in advance or £12on the door. Visit for more information and to book.

Rainbow Astronomy

Gazing at the night sky with our eyes or telescopes reveals twinkling stars and far away galaxies. But to fully understand the Universe around us, we need to manipulate light coming from these objects, splitting it into its components in the same way that water droplets can spread out the Sun’s light into a rainbow. In this talk I will show and explain how astronomers do this to reveal the secrets of our Universe, touching on the stories of some unsung heroes of astronomy along the way.

Dr Jen Gupta is an astrophysicist and science communicator. She runs the public engagement programme for the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, hosts the Seldom Sirius astronomy podcast, was co-presenter of the BBC Tomorrow’s World Live shows, and has been known to perform astronomy-themed stand up comedy. Jen is currently on maternity leave and buying far too many space-related baby clothes.

About Babble Talks

Babble Talks is a daytime event where expert guest speakers present talks to an audience where babies are welcome! These hour-long events are an opportunity for new parents to find intellectual stimulation and engage in adult-focused conversation in a relaxed and friendly environment.  Speakers present TED-style talks on a range of topics from archaeology to zoology!

Launched by new parents Ruth and Ian Bennett in March 2018, in response to the lack of adult-centred activities to attend with their newborn son, Babble Talks has become a firm favourite on the parental-leave activity scene and was shortlisted in the Hoop London Bring-Along-Baby category. Talks take place on a monthly basis in East Dulwich (East Dulwich Picturehouse), Balham (The Bedford) and Crouch End (Crouch End Picturehouse), with further venues in the pipeline.

What People Are Saying…

“A godsend for the under-stimulated maternity leave brain” Lo Smith

“Babble Talks feeds my sleepy brain cells and gives me something to talk about that isn’t poo- sleep- or teething-related.” Kate Hilton

“The best thing I’ve been to! 100% recommended.” Anna Goodman

“A great way to learn new things with baby in tow” Mamathon London


  • Monthly daytime talks
  • Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door
  • Events last 1 hour, including an opportunity for audience Q&A
  • Opportunity to socialise over lunch after the event
  • For parents with babies under 1 year old
  • Event takes place 11.30am till 12.30
  • @BabbleTalks on social media

The Last Word: Amal Alaoui, Wellbeing & Stress Consultant

Amal Alaoui is a Wellbeing & Stress Consultant to adults and children, incorporating craniosacral therapy into integrated treatments. She is a published health writer and communications trustee to the health charity, Craniosacral Therapy Association [CSTA].

How long have you lived in the area?

SE London is where I have lived for 15 years.  When I first moved to London I lived in Wimbledon and Fulham.  With a growing family, the crossover to SE24 and SE20 seemed logical. I also work in SE23 and central London.

What has changed most during that time?

The demographic profile and the high streets.  It is always encouraging to see more independent places popping up in the area.

What do you most value about the area/street you live in?

When we first moved here I had no idea how friendly the street was. I feel very blessed to have such considerate and interesting neighbours and there is a great sense of community.  We also have fantastic public transport.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

My children and craniosacral treatment. Yes that’s two!

Do you know your neighbours?

As mentioned above, we know many of our neighbours. It is that kind of street and we nicknamed it Friendliest Street In London!

The most famous person you’ve seen or met?

Meryl Streep many years ago in Holland Park!  She was very shy and I remember her smile when I said hello! On another occasion I sat opposite singer, Sade, while attending a wellbeing conference. I was so star struck I only spoke with her when it was time to leave!  I used to work on big PR events and while organizing an awards photo shoot, I met with former rugby player Brian Moore and Cherie Blair [before her husband became Prime Minister]. For one hilariously funny moment the cameras went crazy taking pictures of these two being amused!

Where are you likely to be found on Saturday?

Either working at my practice in SE23 or enjoying family time with our rescue dog.

Coffee or tea? Where?

Coffee. Dalhousie, described as “cake & coffee heaven” is a little touch of glamour in Crystal Palace.  I would describe it as Soho members club meets SE19!  I am also very loyal to Romeo Jones in Dulwich Village.

The best kept secret?

Self awareness – achieving greater self awareness of what works for us and what doesn’t is an art. Once we have this understanding, it is something we can access to feel more connected and in harmony, both emotionally and physically as an individual.

The perfect holiday?

It would have to be by a sandy beach with plenty of sunshine, music, fresh food and loved ones.

Look Good Feel Great Workshop

Boost Your Confidence

Join us for this relaxed, eye-opening and transformational workshop where you will learn how you can look good and feel great every single day. Each of the two expert-led sessions will introduce you to practical ways you can boost your confidence inside and out.

Don’t waste any more time feeling less than your best – book your place now and invest in a confidence that will last a lifetime.

Event Details

Date:                  Saturday 15 June

Time:                  10am – 2.00pm

Venue:               [Space 61], 61 Cheltenham Road, Nunhead SE15 3AF

Discover Your WOW

Anna Gryce
Colour Consultant and Personal Stylist, [House of Colour]

  • Discover the amazing effect of wearing colours that are in perfect harmony with your natural colouring.
  • Find out how knowing the styles that flatter and fit you can save you time and money – and reflect the real you.
  • Understand how you can build a mix-and-match capsule wardrobe for your lifestyle, body shape and budget

Unleash Your Confidence

Becca Teers
Mindset Transformation Therapist and Author, [MindPlus Retreats]

In this practical session, Becca will:

  • Guide you through a mindset visualisation practice
  • Help you Identify and remove blocks and limiting beliefs that hold you back
  • Teach you ways to reconnect to your inner confidence to help you strive to reach your full potential
  • Introduce mindset tips to enhance and inspire self-belief to and empower good feelings

Now is the Perfect Time

Book your place now to become your own style and mindset expert, and show up to life as your best self.

How to Book

Tickets are £30.00 which includes:

Light lunch and refreshments

  • FREE entry to win a Colour Consultation RRP £150
  • Signed copy of Unlimited ‘7 Habits to Unleash Your Full Potential and Get the Life You Want’
  • Increase Your Confidence practice download
  • Goody bag to take home


The Early Bird Price of £25.00 is available until 20 May 2019

You can purchase your tickets on Eventbrite, on the House of Colour website and Facebook pages.


Exhibition: In the Tracks of Pissarro

To coincide with Pissarro’s Dulwich College (1871) coming to the Picture Gallery and the College’s 400th anniversary, Bell House is hosting a small exhibition looking at 1871, a key moment of change in our part of South London.

Dulwich had been a rural retreat, at the front of Bell House you can still see the ‘ha-ha’, a sunken wall designed to keep out the sheep that were driven along College Road. It was transformed by three major developments: the relocation of the Crystal Palace to Sydenham in 1854, the arrival of the railways, and London’s expansion south. The railways paid for the new Dulwich College and made the area more accessible, encouraging development. Pissarro was fascinated by such turning points and captured the area in its transition, painting not only the new College but also the Crystal Palace and Lordship Lane station.

Bell House residents were also affected by Dulwich’s transformation. George Widdowson, a silversmith, exhibited at the Crystal Palace and must have been thrilled to see it relocated just a short distance from his front door.

Free exhibition at Bell House, 27 College Road, Dulwich, SE21 7BG

8-9, 15-16 June: 10am-5pm

10-14 June: by appointment

May events at Bell House

LIFE DRAWING FOR ALL – every Tuesday for 4 weeks, starting May 14th, 7pm

Would you like to develop your life drawing skills? Whether you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner, join in this four-week course with tutor Liz Charsley.

AN EVENING OF POETRY AND MUSIC – Tuesday 14th May, 7:30pm

Bell House Poets are back, following on the success of previous evenings, with music and poetry to lighten the soul as summer approaches.


Stephanie Calman, the founder of the ground-breaking Bad Mothers Club website and the author of six previous books including the bestselling Confessions of a Bad Mother, will be talking to her husband Peter Grimsdale about her new book and how to navigate the teenage years.


This creative, hands-on course will cover some of the basics of film-making, including scripting, lighting and directing, to enable you to create a short film that you can shoot on your smartphone.

NATURAL SELECTION EXHIBITION – Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May, 11am – 6pm

A collection of photographers and sculptors using elements found in nature as the genesis for their work. Part of Dulwich Festival Artist’s Open House weekend.

VAN GOGH IN BRITAIN: EXHIBITION TALK – Wednesday 22nd May, 7:15pm

Join Rosalind Whyte as she investigates the exhibition at the Tate Britain – ‘Van Gogh in Britain’ about Van Gogh and the British artists who he inspired.

DEMENTIA FRIENDS TRAINING – Thursday 23rd May, 6:30pm

Attend this interactive information session to become a Dementia Friend for Dementia Action Week 2019. Learn how dementia affects a person and what you can do to make a difference.


Our adult literacy group, Ruskin Readers, is an informal club where people can come and learn to read and write with a tutor on a 1:1 basis. For an adult, joining the club to seek help in reading and writing can be a big decision.

We are raising money to make a film about the group, so new learners and tutors can find out more about what we do, and feel comfortable joining. If you would like to support us in this please go to our Support Us page on our website ( or to find out more about Ruskin Readers please visit