Monday, February 20, 2012
Describing the Lounge as "the new place to do more, think more and be more in SE8", The Albany (who are in charge of the Lounge) have programmed various dates that should appeal to a large range of tastes (mostly of a literary bent).
They are also inviting people to get involved by hosting a stall at one of the open days (notably, the Recognition Festival on 10th March). Contact Senay Gaul (the Albany's Administrative Director or Jackie Miller (from the Lounge) to find out more.
We're particularly excited that comedian and activist Mark Thomas will be reading from his new book Extreme Rambling on Thursday 1st March – entry is free but booking is essential. And on Friday 2nd March, for retro-pop fans, Deptford Film Club are staging a sing-along to the film Purple Rain which features Prince performing all his 1984 hits (again, booking essential).
There's also an event to mark International Women's Day on Thursday 8th March – The Deadly Dames Rewrite – with readings from Short Stack, a collection of new pulp fiction featuring heroines hell-bent on vengeance. Grrr...
The first event in the afternoon of March 1st marks World Book Day, with kids invited to meet best-selling children's author Steve Cole (3.30-4.15pm). On 2nd March, you can get a guided tour of the building, and on Sunday 4th March there's a Family Fun Day with crafts, poetry, storytelling and the chance to try out the fab software on the Mac computers. The last event on Saturday 10th is the Recognition Festival aimed at young people where they can find out about and try out the variety of activites on offer from local youth-orientated organisations.
For more info, download the e-flyer, or check out the launch events on the Albany website. The Lounge is also on Facebook and Twitter. Note that if you want to book online for Mark Thomas, Purple Rain, or Deadly Dames, you'll need to do a quick registration with The Albany first (otherwise call them on 020 8692 4446).