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Parrot fashion: local author has children looking for exotic birds in the most unexpected of places

‘They were flying their kite, loop-the-loop up high, When something emerald flickered by…’ Parrots Don’t Live in the City! is the first in a series of children’s storybooks from local writer and illustrator duo, Lucy Reynolds and Jenna Herman. Perfect for two to six year olds, it leads little readers into a world of hidden birds and mini-beasts in search of one very special creature… The book was inspired by the bolshy, brilliant parakeets that are now spotted across the country, and who provide a regular flash of emerald in the skies above Brockwell Park. As Lucy, of Herne Hill, reflects, ‘These vivid green birds always fascinate little children – where did they come from? How did they get here? Why did they stay? The first time I spotted one in Brockwell Park I was amazed, but my husband wouldn’t believe me. Then a few days later I found an incredible green feather hiding amongst the leaves, and the seed for the story was sown’. As well as inspiring parrot spotters, the book’s lovely hide-and-seek …

Local life coach lends support to Londoners looking for a better lifestyle

Becca Teers, 42 from East Dulwich, is the author of “Unlimited” a new book designed to help people take up positive habits that will help them achieve their dreams and aspirations. Teers, has worked as a holistic therapist in South London for more than 20 years, before launching her new business, Heathy Habits, centred on using hypnosis to help people implement positive change to their lives. Becca says, “Having worked within the health and beauty business for two decades I’ve met so many people with brilliant ideas but struggle to turn them into a reality. I found the psychology of why more people don’t pursue their passions fascinating and dedicated myself to helping people realise their potential. I became fascinated about what makes people successful and developed a series of seven habits that unpin to formula for self-improvement. Ultimately, I found that by adopting some small life style changes, you can make a hugely positive difference to your mindset and attitude, which is what Unlimited is all about – taking seven simple steps to help …

‘The Nix’ author, Nathan Hill, to talk at Dulwich Books

Nathan Hill, author of New York Times bestseller The Nix, will discuss his novel at Dulwich Books of West Dulwich. From the suburban Midwest to New York City to the 1968 riots that rocked Chicago and beyond, The Nix explores—with sharp humor and a fierce tenderness—the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change. The Nix has received outstanding praise in the US press, and was listed as a book of the year in publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal. The international film rights have already been sold, with Meryl Streep to play the star role. Location: Dulwich Books, 6 Croxted Road, SE21 8SW Date: 24th January Time: 19.00 – 20.30 Tickets here: £7.50 admission + wine, or £20 including a hardback copy of The Nix (RRP £16.99) “The Nix is a mother-son psychodrama with ghosts and politics, but it’s also a tragicomedy about anger and sanctimony in America . . . Nathan Hill is a maestro” – John Irving Nathan Hill is an Associate …

The Last Word: Paul Ewen, Author of Francis Plug – How To Be A Public Author

Paul Ewen is the alleged* author of Francis Plug – How To Be A Public Author, which the Sunday Times called “a brilliant deranged new comic creation.” He lives in SE22 and is appearing as part of the Dulwich Festival 2016, together with Francis Plug, allegedly. * Francis Plug thinks he wrote it. How long have you lived in the area? Just over six years. My London experience started in Tufnell Park (NW5), which was also Francis Plug’s stomping ground, until he got the shove. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Dulwich Library. As a writer, it’s an invaluable resource. How To Be A Public Author, and my current novel-in-progress, have both been written with the help of books accessed there. Do you know your neighbours? Absolutely. Pat and his family are like extensions of our own. We have proper chats over the fence, share birthdays, and life’s ups and downs. Pat gives us strawberries and rhubarb from his garden, and I tend to talk a lot of rhubarb in return. The most …

The Dulwich Notebook

The Dulwich Notebook is a new breed of London guidebook. It does not focus on Central London or tourist spots such as Greenwich; it deliberately highlights one of London’s residential quarters. For some time now the capital’s suburbs have been attracting the interest of academic urban historians but their interesting findings hardly ever reach the people who inhabit these suburbs. The Dulwich Notebook also challenges the usual assumption that a book about residential London should be about local history: this publication is about Dulwich now and what makes Dulwich such a special place to live. However, we all realise that the present does not exist in a vacuum, so history frequently underpins the contemporary narrative. The Dulwich Notebook is divided into four chapters which deal with Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, South Dulwich and East Dulwich, each chapter examining topics such as History, Landmarks, Spiritual Life, Culture & Creativity, Contemporary Life, Green Spaces, Movers & Shakers. The Dulwich Notebook is also a book of contrasts: it accommodates the development of schools in the Village alongside rude …