Author: Around Dulwich

Local East Dulwich author releases fiction debut during lockdown

Local SE22 resident David Arrowsmith decided to grasp the opportunity afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown and finish writing, and then publish, his first work of literary fiction. Nevada Noir is a dark, atmospheric trilogy of intertwined tales of greed and temptation in the Nevada badlands. David, who works as a factual television executive producer, was inspired to write the trilogy by a trip he took with his wife before their daughter was born. Six months after driving through Nevada, Utah and California he awoke at home in East Dulwich with a vivid image in his mind, and this became the book’s first story – entitled The Last Storm. A second story (One Good Deed) soon followed. Eventually, under lockdown, he returned to his writing to complete the trilogy with the final tale – A Slow Death. He designed the paperback himself, and the cover features a photo from the road trip taken by his wife, a professional photographer. In the three dark and brooding short stories, set in and around the U.S. state of Nevada, …

Dulwich Net Zero

In 30 years time all houses and flats in Dulwich will, by law, have to be Net Zero writes Andrew Cunningham. This means that all energy sources into our homes will need to be zero carbon and zero fossil fuel. 100% green electricity and 100% green hydrogen gas will be the only energy we will be legally allowed to buy to heat and power our homes. This is not a vague aspiration, it is set in law. Gas boilers are already to be outlawed in new build properties by 2025.  Green wood and coal can no longer be burned in open fires. The writing is on the wall. A zero carbon world is coming, whether we like it or not. This is a massive undertaking and will require huge changes in our homes and high streets as well as in the wider national infrastructure (more wind  and solar farms , nuclear power etc). Dulwich Net Zero is a group of people who will encourage each other to make these changes in their homes and businesses. A …

Florence “Flo” Smith-Now & Then

Florence ‘Flo’ Smith Now & Then – Bell House, Dulwich – Saturday 19 Sept 2020 @ 3pm Produced by Kick In The Head Written & Directed by Christopher Saul With Ursula Mohan as Flo Smith After the huge successes of Old Herbaceous, Three Men in a Boat and Choice Grenfell, South East based theatre company, Kick In The Head Productions, are bringing the highly acclaimed play, Florence ‘Flo’ Smith Now & Then to Bell House in Dulwich. The show is based on the book of the same name written by Christopher Saul and taken from the real-life audio recordings he made of his paternal grandmother, Flo Smith, when he was a drama student working on his dissertation. He sat in her cosy living room in North London, drinking copious amounts of tea and listening avidly while spool after spool of his tape recorder was filled with her recollections. From the Boer War to The Summer of Love, Flo Smith, daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow and grandmother recalls with horror, humour, tears and joy those turbulent …

Preparing for University 

Educational charity Bell House are putting together a week-long series of online events, workshops and open discussions to give support, guidance and a chance to share experiences with anyone navigating the unique landscape of higher education in 2020 and beyond. With sessions exploring everything from looking after mental health while at university, to alternatives to the traditional gap year, there’s a trove of insight and discussion on offer for all entering the world of higher education this autumn – whether you’re a parent, school leaver or current student. Dates and times for each session are listed below, with some yet to be confirmed. These will be updated and can be viewed at the Preparing for University hub on Bell House’s website (accessible here: http://www.bellhouse.co.uk/preparing-for-university). Full schedule: How to Stay Mentally Healthy at University, Thursday 3rd September, 11am What does mental resilience look like at university? Join Sara, counsellor at Oxford University, for an interactive session where she draws on her experiences of working with students to offer practical thoughts on what to do to take …

St Dunstan’s College celebrates A level results

Following the challenges of recent months and all the uproar regarding the A Level results, it is lovely to hear from St Dunstan’s College with good reason for celebration. Our A Level results are amongst the strongest seen in recent years. We have the highest A* percentage on record, at 20%. Nearly half of all the grades awarded were either A or A* (49%) and 78% of grades were A* – B, both of which represent considerable uplift from last year. The College is also delighted to confirm 20% of the cohort received straight A grades or higher, as well as 100% Oxbridge success and all three of our talented young artists achieving their first-choice Art Foundation Course. At the time of writing, 78% of applicants have made it onto their first-choice higher education course, and we expect this to increase as the morning unfolds. Speaking about today’s A Level results, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett explained: ‘We have good reason for celebration this morning, with our A Level results amongst the strongest in …