Arts Editor - Lesley Strachan

Find a virtual Great Escape in Quarantine…

Find a virtual Great Escape in Quarantine…

Lover of local history Geoff Simmons has put together a series of maps to turn your daily exercise into an adventure into the past.  His website Summerstown182 currently features eight downloadable maps that you can take on your walks around South West London and they feature everything from local Olympians to the secrets behind odd buildings in your area.  Each route takes about an hour, making the perfect way to put life into your daily walk. Listen in to our interview to learn more.

That’s not the only thing you can do, here’s more interview we have got lined up for the next month to keep you occupied in Lockdown.

One thing is for sure, these strange times are providing material for the writers in our boroughs.  We will be airing some of them courtesy of the writers from the creative writing hub Chalk The Sun in Tooting.  Listen out for our “Lockdown Diaries.”

For the first time in its 20 year history, Wimbledon Art Fair is going online with an exhibition that reflects the extraordinary time in which we are living. 150 of London’s talented artists will depict everything from self isolation to toilet rolls with a percentage of sales going to the NHS and St George’s Hospital.

Spine chills on and spooks are back as Rusty Quill’s award winning podcast The Magnus Archives returns for its fifth and final season. Actress Lydia Nicholas tell us what it’s like to play journalist Melanie King, at the fictional Magnus Institute for the research of the paranormal. With much of the action set in south London, hear what’s so timely in these tales of horror and isolation. 

The libraries of Lambeth have a packed schedule of online offerings to keep you entertained throughout the week, with everything from book clubs and baby meet-ups to movie nights and the opportunity to mingle with like-minded people. We chatted to Development Librarian Tim O’Dell about the importance of libraries in the community, how to get involved and his top book recommendations for the lockdown period.

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April 25th, 2020

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