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London Borough of Richmond upon Thames - Library Services
Richmond upon Thames Libraries           2 October 2021                                                       
Autumn is upon us and the nights are drawing in, but fear not, we have lots of events for you to look forward to. 
Box Office Now Open!

We're pleased to announce that the box office for Richmond Literature Festival 2021 is now open! This year's full programme is now available online, so don't miss out, book your tickets today to make sure you see your favourite writers right here in Richmond upon Thames. 

The festival has been bringing writers and readers together for 30 years and this year is no exception. We open with a bang on Friday 5th November as Sara Collins, Kate Mosse and Juliet Jacques debate how we can keep working for change in the aftermath of 2020. 

The only British author to make this year's Booker Prize list will be speaking on the 14th of November. Plus many more literary stars will be joining us to explore stories and ideas across the borough, in theatres, historic houses and in libraries.
Get Online Week     18-24 October
Get Online Week is back and we are delighted to be hosting sessions once again in the beautiful Old Town Hall in Richmond. Join us in the spacious Whittaker Ellis Suite as we take you through three presentations designed to help you feel more confident online.

Monday 18 October
Online safety - from how to keep your information secure to spotting scams.
Wednesday 20 October
Internet shopping and banking - find out about identifying legitimate websites and how to stay secure when performing financial transactions.
Friday 22 October
eBooks and audiobooks - how you can use the free services we offer and find 1000s of books to read or listen to, anytime, anywhere.

All the presentations are free to attend, but booking is essential. Book online or by calling 020 8734 3308.
Celebrating Black History Month
Online event via Zoom with Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City.

8pm Thursday 28 October

A BBC Between the Covers book club pick, tune in to hear more about this clever murder mystery and vibrant exploration of Windrush London.
Libraries Week          4-10 October 2021
Online talk with Julia Parry, author of The Shadowy Third.

7pm Friday 8 October via Zoom

A beautifully written investigation of family, love, and the lasting power of literature with a celebrated supporting cast that includes Isaiah Berlin and Virginia Woolf.
Reading Groups
This October, all of our Page Turner Shared Reading sessions in partnership with The Reader will include texts by black writers in honour of Black History Month. What a great opportunity to revisit some favourites by Evaristo and Baldwin, and perhaps, meet some future favourites too!
Unlike conventional book groups, there is no homework, and no pressure to contribute. Grab a cuppa and join us to experience a range of literature and experiences.
Sessions take place on Zoom
Tuesdays at 10.30am
Wednesdays at 2pm
and Thursdays at 2pm

No booking required, just choose a time that suits you. 
Reminiscence Café
Join us for another online Reminiscence Café where we explore local and national history and culture through talks and discussions. This month we will be celebrating Black History Month and looking at the role African soldiers played in WWI.
Africa's Great War 11am 22 October

When we think of the Great War, the image that most readily comes to mind is that of trench warfare on the Western Front. However, the war was a World War and the first shots fired by British Troops were fired in Africa. This is the fascinating story of Africa's Great War from that first conflict until the German surrender which took place after the war had ended in Europe. We will also see how the war helped shape African nationality and still influences the politics of a continent a century later.

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