We are thrilled to present a special video message from our Children’s Laureate, the children’s author Saman Shamsie, recorded under lockdown at her home in Karachi.
Saman has been supporting our library campaign for the best part of eight years joining in Children’s Events on National Libraries Day and many other occasions. When the library was first started in the office of Notary Public, Jackie Bunce-Linsell, Jackie commissioned Saman to write a delightful short story for the children of the library , The Hurricane Fairy, which Saman reads here:
The other two videos are short readings from her books:, The Adventures of Slothful Slough-Off …
and The Magical Woods, published by Oxford University Preface.
Saman’s ongoing work with the Library – The Creative Writing Challenge
In 2015 Saman, and Suzanne Morpurgo, launched the Saman Shamsie Summer Creative Writing Challenge. 0pen to young writers between the ages of 4-14, this unique project asks entrants to create their own stories and make them into book form with covers designed to include key features of published books.
The stories are collected in tree volumes. Sir Michael Morpurgo the distinguished children’s author, has written a Preface to the ‘Young Writers’ Anthology’ as it is called. The inaugural volume was launched and ‘published’ – placed on the Library shelves – by the children themselves.
To date, some sixty-five budding authors have received impressive Certificates from the hands of Ms Shamsie.
This year, Saman was unable to come to the UK from Pakistan where she teaches at Karachi Grammar School because of travel restrictions. Both she and Suzanne are extremely grateful that our local writer, Hashi Mohamed, author of People Like Us, has kindly agreed to present the Certificates in her stead.
“New and existing work by artist Carl Gabriel is presented outside of Preston Community Library. Gabriels’ sculptures often depict the human form and have appeared on carnival floats and community processions across the country and internationally for decades. His practice is anchored in carnival culture, and draws on its traditions and themes. In the wire structures he creates, he draws on the Caribbean tradition of wire-bending. Bamboo and wire frames are covered with layers of paper and PVA, and hand painted or sprayed. For his presentation at Preston Road Library a series of these sculptures are displayed as static works, alongside a new off-site commission that has been developed in conversation with library staff. In addition, a presentation of photographs and paraphernalia from the artists’ archive presented online and at the library chart the development of his ‘social sculpture’, and its relationship to community and identity.”
In light of recent UK Government advice that public venues should no longer be visited, we have made the difficult decision to close the library with immediate effect, for the time being.
We have decided this with the health of our community in mind and apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause. We feel that this is the responsible approach to minimise the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure the safety of all of our volunteers, visitors and members.
Be assured that we will continuously review the situation as it evolves and will post further updates as necessary through our mailings and social media. We ask that you bear with us during these unprecedented times and thank you for your ongoing loyalty and continuing support of the library.
We intend to resume our services as soon as possible.
If you have the virus, or have been in contact with someone who has the virus, then follow the link below:
This Saturday, together with Queer East Film Festival and The Hidden Voice Film Festival, we are co-hosting a special screening of the Hong Kong transgender drama ‘A Woman is A Woman’, as part of LGBT+ History Month. This will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be free, but donations are requested.
The film is widely considered as a landmark in Hong Kong cinema, for both it’s portrayal of transgender characters from Hong Kong and for being the first feature film production in the region where women occupy all of the key production roles. The story follows two transwomen, one going through puberty and the other midway through her life, who both crave integration and acceptance in a hostile environment. The Film is in Cantonese with English and Chinese subtitles.
Tuesday 17 September 2019 at Preston Community Library, 7.30pm
Please join us for an evening with
Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, the first Englishman to go to Japan and become a
Zen master in the rigorous Rinzai tradition. He will be talking about and
reading from his new book, Rough Waking.
Dazian is also the teacher of
Samantha Warrington, Preston Community Library’s yoga and meditation teacher.
Rough Waking is a project to
raise funds for and awareness of people who are homeless or in prison, and to
provide them with yoga and meditation, under the motto:
CHANGE YOUR BODY; CHANGE YOUR MIND; CHANGE YOUR LIFE These are the three elements to the book.
Prize-winning photographer and meditator, Laz, uses words and images and an intimate knowledge of homelessness to illustrate his path through brokenness to creativity.
Zen Master Shinzan’s joke that Zen life combines prison and homelessness,
“Autumn in the monastery and other poems,” by Julian Daizan Skinner depicts
pains and joys arising through his three decades in the Zen world.
Zen artist Kazuaki
Okazaki who, after 18 years incarceration on death row was executed last
summer, contributes a sequence of images depicting a spiritual journey from
lostness and wandering, through the intense confinement of Zen training, and then
onwards into a new homelessness – a vastly expanded realm of liberation and
The whole book
underscores the Zen emphasis on direct confrontation with reality and how for
all of us that alone leads to liberation.
Please join us for
this unique event.
For further information,
please contact Samantha
Invitation to Local Artists to Produce Art Work for the Library
the Brent London Borough of Culture 2020, the Council is commissioning
local artists to work with each of the libraries. This includes the
four community libraries. More information, including the brief for
Preston Community Library, is on the LBOC website. Go to https://www.lboc2020.com/opportunities, then look at column headed Museum of All Brent Life: call out for artists and click on link to download the brief. The closing date for submissions is Friday 12th July at noon.
October 30: 6.30pm at Preston community library, Elisa Segrave talks about her book ‘The Girl from Station X’ – a moving story of a hidden life about her mother, among the first women to enlist, who worked throughout WW2 at Bletchley Park and elsewhere.
‘Winstanley’ our second Kevin Brownlow film shown on April 21st. Oscar and BAFTA winning director addressed us last week for screening of ‘It Happened Here’. Tonight we were entertained by celebrated Leon Rosselson (Children’s author and songwriter) and Introduction by Historian Professor Ann Hughes (co-editor of Winstanley’s writings.)
From Easter to the end of June, there will be additional quiet study space available in the Library on Mondays and Fridays, from 5-7pm . We hope this will help local school students – especially those preparing for summer exams.
Police Surgeries at the Library
The Preston Safer Neighbourhood Team have organised weekly contact sessions at the library. Residents can report crime in person to a Police Officer of seek general help and advice. A Police Offer will drop in at the dates and times below. Their contact details are: email@example.com or 07920 233 753.