The Independent London Newspaper
23rd January 2017

Upcoming Events


    DANCE Ballroom and Latin dance classes. Luther Tyndale Church Hall, Leighton Crescent, NW5. 020 7821 0874/07891 716 998. Weekly. Improvers 6pm-7pm. Beginners 7.15pm-8.15pm. 

    DISCUSSION Witness to our Times. Broadcaster, journalist and author Joan Bakewell discusses her life and work with historian Peter Hennessy, Peter John Hennessy, Baron Hennessy of Nympsfield. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Call 01937 546 546 for further details. £10/£7. 7pm-8.30pm.  

    LAUNCH Teckkie Tea Party. Recommend Me host a free interactive session for over 50s, helping them connect with technology and use iPads. There will also be a talk by Labour councillor Alison Kelly, plus tea and cakes. Castlehaven Community Centre, Castlehaven Road, NW1. 020 7485 3386. 4pm-5pm. 

    MUSIC Come and play mostly classical music. Strings and woodwind especially welcome. Swiss Cottage Community Centre, Winchester Road, NW3. Call 020 7722 0059 for further details. 3pm-5pm. 

    POETRY Polyphonic Scars and The 4th Brain. Lisa Luxx discusses her new book, a collection of poems and prose exploring our relationship to the web. Housmans Bookshop, King’s Cross, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £3, redeemable against any purchase. 7pm. 


    FAMILY Barn Dance. Live band and caller. St Paul’s Church, Camden Square, NW1. £5, children free. 7pm. 

    MUSIC Cellar Upstairs Folk Club. West country singer James Findlay takes to the stage. Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Rd, WC1. 020 7281 7700. £8/£6. 8.15pm. 

    TALK Terrorism Has No Religion. Discussion asking whether or not anything can be done to stop terrorism. JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, NW3. 020 7433 8988. £8, including coffee and cake. 8pm. 


    CONCERT Trio Anima. Matthew Featherstone, Rosalind Ventris and Anneke Hodnett take to the stage with their distinctive combination of flute, viola and harp music. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £10, or free for anyone aged between eight and 25-years-old courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm. 

    POETRY An evening of readings. Guest readers are Eddie Chauncy, Kyle McHale and Donall Dempsey, introduced by Janice Windle. Poets from the floor welcome. The Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Ave, NW5. 020 7267 2751. £5/£4. 7.30pm. 

    TALK What if we could Rebuild the EU? Guest speakers Lucy Anderson, London Labour MEP, and Professor Keith Pilbeam, an expert in international economics, will address the idea of what a reformed EU would look like if it was restructured. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £3/£2. 11am-1pm. 


    ART Colour and Calm. Art-making and mindfulness group. Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre, Hazellville Road, N19. 020 7272 5938. Free. 10.30am-12.30pm. 

    MUSIC Join Fleet Singers as they rehearse for their next performance, Stainer’s Crucifixion. Gospel Oak Methodist Church, Agincourt Road, NW3. Trial session free. Call 020 7722 2965 for details and ongoing prices. 7.30pm-9.30pm. 

    MUSIC The Foundling Community Choir. Join the sociable adult choir. The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Sq, WC1. 020 7841 3595. Free trial sessions available. 6-8pm. 

    TALK Homegoing. Author Yaa Gyasi discusses her debut novel about two sisters, one sold into slavery, the other a slave trader’s wife. Daunt Books Marylebone, 83 Marylebone High Street, W1. 020 7224 2295. Free, booking recommended. 7pm. 

    TALK British Witchcraft Documentaries of the 1970s. Independent filmmaker, Gary Parsons, discusses the documentaries made at the height of the British witchcraft revival in the early 70s, looking at how these films came into being within a cultural context and the reason for their sudden decline. The talk will be illustrated with clips from the films discussed. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £5. 7.30pm-9pm. 

    LECTURE Maps and the 20th Century. Find out the story behind the British Library’s ongoing exhibition. Their collection includes some of the most intriguing and revealing maps of the 20th century. Exhibition curator Tom Harper outlines the process of selecting some of the most significant modern maps for the exhibition. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546 for more details. Free. 1-2pm.


    BIRDS Hampstead Heath walk with Marylebone Birdwatching Society. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Parliament Hill Staff Yard, NW5. Call 020 7267 8434 for further details and to check if walk has been affected by the weather. Visitors welcome. Free. 10am. 

    DISCUSSION #WLdebate 2017: Refugees or Migrants? Discussing Forced Migration Online. To mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, The Wiener Library will be hosting its fifth Social Media Debate on the language used to describe refugees and migration online. Debate questions visit Twitter account: @wienerlibrary – and #WLdebate to join the discussion. 3-5pm. 

    PHOTOGRAPHY The Hampstead Photo­graphic Society. Weekly meetings offering tips, advice and competitions. St John’s Church, Church Row, NW3. £5. 8-10pm. 

    QUIZ Pub quiz every Tuesday. £1 entry – meal for four up for grabs for the winner. Prince Albert Pub, Royal College Street, NW1. 7.30pm. 

    TALK Kenwood. A new series of volunteer-led talks giving visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into Kenwood House’s history. Talks last 10 to 15 minutes. Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, NW3. 0370 333 1181. Free. Talks at 11.30am, 12.30am and 2pm. Also held on Thursdays. 

    TALK My Old Man: Sir John Major. The former Prime Minister discusses his life as the son of music hall entertainers. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. Call 01937 546 546 for further details. £12/£8. 7pm-8.30pm. 

    TALK Max Wall and Me. Close friend Michael Pointon shares anecdotes and insights into one of the great British comedians of the 20th century, who is buried in Highgate Cemetery East. The Chapel, Highgate Cemetery, Swains Lane, N6. 020 8340 1834. £7. 7.30pm-9.30pm. 


    LECTURE Holocaust Memorial Day Event: Starting Over – Reconstituted Jewish Families After the Holocaust. Dr Beth Cohen discusses the postwar Displaced Persons camps, highlighting the complexity and long-lasting repercussions of rebuilt families from the children’s perspective. The lecture will be introduced by mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah. The Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, WC1. 020 7636 7247. Free. 6.30pm-8pm. 

    SCREENING Spotlight. Showing of the award-winning drama about The Boston Globe’s investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinson’s Place, NW1. 020 7586 8327. Free, all welcome. 2pm. 

    SUPPORT SLOW (Surviving the Loss of Your World). Weekly support groups for bereaved parents in the N7 area. Held Wednesday’s during term time, 11am-12.30pm. Also monthly evening support groups for bereaved parents and creative workshops for bereaved siblings through­out the year. Call 07532 423 674, or email for more details. 


    CLASS Sewing Class. A friendly class for all. Materials available. Hornsey Lane Estate Community Centre, Hazellville Road, N19. 020 7272 5938. Free. 1pm-3pm. 

    MUSIC Raised Voices Choir. Political street choir welcomes new members. Doreen Bazell Community Centre, Chenies Place (off Pancras Road), NW1. 07764 154 282. Free sessions available. 7.30pm-9.30pm. 

    TALK The First World War and The Holocaust: The Difference in Suffering. Holocaust Memorial Day and 1914-18 War Centenary talk. Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, NW3. 020 7974 4001. Disabled access. Free. 6pm. 

    TALK What Books Do in Prison. Haven Distribution, a charity that supplies books for prisoners across the UK, celebrates its 20th anniver­sary. Guardian columnist and editor-in-chief of Inside Time, the national news­paper for people in prison, Erwin James, discusses the role books play in prisons, and the struggle prisoners face getting books they need. Housmans Bookshop, King’s Cross, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. Free, donations welcome. 7pm.