August Literary Loves

Welcome to August’s Literary Loves, where we feature an independent local bookshop and their chosen pick of the month, and top of the pile books to keep an eye out for. Laurel Waldron This month, Jonathan Main from Crystal Palace’s The Bookseller Crow on the Hill recommends The Painter’s Friend, by Howard Connell (Picador, £16.99).  … More August Literary Loves

Paines Plough Roundabout Season, Brixton

Artistic Directors of Paines Plough Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner have launched Roundabout 2021, as part of this year’s programme ‘A Promise to 2021’. Rosanna Head The pop-up venue in Slade Gardens, Brixton from 19-29 August has a line-up of four world premieres that includes; a new musical by Chinonyerem Odimba (Princess & The Hustler, Medea). BLACK LOVE with music by Ben and … More Paines Plough Roundabout Season, Brixton

The Last Dog Walk, night paintings by Darren Hayman

By Nick Richards This last year or so, the evening stroll came back in fashion. Cometh the violet hour, we glimpse through lighted windows other rooms, other lives. This is your neighbourhood. Sydenham and Penge. Pissarro’ s Avenue, streets stalked by Shackleton. This mood is captured in an exhibition of small scale paintings by local … More The Last Dog Walk, night paintings by Darren Hayman

July Literary Loves

What I’m currently reading… by Laurel Waldron Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers (Orion, £8.99) Finally released in paperback after becoming a hit last summer, the Women’s Prize for Fiction-nominated novel is set in the south east London suburbs of 1957. Local newspaper journalist Jean Swinney is drawn into the story of a young woman who … More July Literary Loves

#SpotlightOn Tattoo Artist Amanda Rodriguez

This month’s SpotlightOn focuses on the handy work of tattoo artist Amanda Rodriguez, owner of Three Kings Tattoo, Deptford, London. Tell us about what you do? My name is Amanda Rodriguez (@AmandaTattoos) and I’m a tattoo artist and owner of Three Kings Tattoo London. I specialise in nature based tattoos and floral tattoos in an … More #SpotlightOn Tattoo Artist Amanda Rodriguez

#SpotlightOn Artist Jasmine Pradissitto’s Pollution Absorbing Sculpture ‘Flower Girl’, Horniman Museum

The Horniman’s Bee Garden has been recognised as a haven for multiple bee species and has been awarded a Bees’ Needs Champions Award. I spoke to artist Jasmine Pradissitto about the sculpture ‘Flower Girl’, a creation that absorbs pollution from the air, pollution that masks the smell of flowers preventing bees finding their food. The … More #SpotlightOn Artist Jasmine Pradissitto’s Pollution Absorbing Sculpture ‘Flower Girl’, Horniman Museum

March Literary Loves

This month, contributor and resident book worm Laurel Waldron shares her literary loves and this months’ showcase store, Dulwich Books. Currently Reading I’ve got two on the go currently; the first being my annual reread of an old favourite. Raffaella Barker’s Hens Dancing (£10.99 at is the diary of slightly wayward divorcé mother-of-three Venetia … More March Literary Loves