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Upcoming events: April 12 – 18

16 April, 2019

FRIDAY 12

DANCE Ballroom and Latin dance classes. Luther Tyndale Church Hall, Leighton Crescent, NW5. 020 7821 0874/020 8452 1853. Weekly. Improvers 6pm-7pm. Beginners 7.15pm-8.15pm.

MEETING Birds in Art. The Marylebone Birdwatching Society, with London Bird Club, present a talk by wildlife artist Jackie Garner. Gospel Oak Methodist Church, entrance in Lisburne Road, NW3. £5. 020 8883 9301. 7.15pm.

TALK The Vampyre: 200 Years On. Two centuries after the publication of John Polidori’s book The Vampyre, a panel of writers, journalists and professors discuss its influence on the creation of the legend of the vampire. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546. £12/£8. 7pm-8.30pm.

SATURDAY 13

CONFERENCE Off the Page. An afternoon of talks exploring the overlap between literature and games. Topics discussed include video game adaptations of literature, interactive digital biographical works and game poetry. Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1. 01937 546 546. £6/£4. 11am-4.30pm.

PERFORMANCE The Dream of the Rood. Anglo Saxon poem presented in modern translation interspersed with original Anglo Saxon extracts. Presented as a meditative reflection. Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3. Free, with collection in aid of the Bishop of London’s Appeal to combat modern-day slavery. 5pm.

WALK A Botanical Ramble Trough Queen’s Wood led by Professor Jeff Duckett. Organised by Highgate Neighbourhood Forum. Meet at 2pm at the Queen’s Wood café, by the Muswell Hill Road entrance to Queen’s Wood, N10. Free. Everybody welcome.

HORTICULTURE The Highgate Horticultural Society Spring Show. Find out how local gardeners have beaten the weather to produce colourful flowers, fruit and vegetables. There will be an awards presentation after 3pm on Saturday, plus plant and produce stalls, a raffle and homemade teas and cakes! The United Reformed Church, South Grove, Highgate Village, N6. 2pm-4.30pm. Pictured above is Jeanne Willis, who was among the winners last spring with her tulips.

SUNDAY 14

CONCERT Affordable classical music for all. A fundraising performance by Irish pianist Clíodna Shanahan and director of music Simon Callaghan, who will perform a programme of piano duet classics, including works by Schubert, Mozart and Ravel. Money raised will go towards running the concert series. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £12, or free for anyone aged 8 to 25 years old courtesy of the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust. 6.30pm-8.30pm.

POETRY An evening of readings. Guest readers Christine Vial, Tim Waller and Katharine Gallagher. Poets from the floor welcome. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue, NW5. Call 020 7267 2751 for further information. £5/£4. 7.30pm.

MONDAY 15

SPORT Free all-age multi-sports sessions, including football, rugby, dodgeball and rounders. Castlehaven Community Association, Castlehaven Road, NW1. 020 7485 3386. 4pm-6pm.

TALK Vagina: A Re-Education. Lynn Enright, author of Vagina: A Re-Education, talks about women’s sexual and reproductive health, about the experiences of sex and pregnancy and pain and pleasure. Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1. 020 7405 1818. £8/£4. 7.30pm-9pm.

TUESDAY 16

BIRDS Hampstead Heath walk with Marylebone Birdwatching Society. Bring binoculars. Meet at the Parliament Hill staff yard, NW5 at 10am. Walk ends at Kenwood at noon. Occasional visitors welcome. Free. Call 020 7267 8434 for further details.

LECTURE Text Mining: A Test of Character. In a world where chatbots can convince some people that machines are human, this lecture provides a brief history of text processing and looks towards the future when the computer sonnet or love poem might become a reality. Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, EC2. 020 7831 0575. Free. 6pm-7pm.

OUTDOORS Explore Waterlow Park with The Friends of Waterlow Park. There will be trails, scavenges and quizzes. Highgate Hill, N6. Meet by the bridge near the playground. 2pm-4pm.

PERFORMANCE The Dream of the Rood. Anglo Saxon poem presented in modern translation interspersed with original Anglo Saxon extracts. Presented as a meditative reflection. Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3. Free, with collection in aid of the Bishop of London’s Appeal to combat modern-day slavery. 7.30pm.

PHOTOGRAPHY The Hampstead Photographic Society. Offering weekly tips, expert advice and competitions. Crypt Room, St John’s Church, Church Row, NW3. £5. Visit www.hampstead photosoc.org.uk for further details and a full programme. 8pm.

WEDNESDAY 17

CLASS Belly Dance for Beginners. All women welcome. Fun and friendly drop-in class. Try out this holistic dance form to beautiful music from the Middle East. St Pancras Community Centre, 67 Plender Street, NW1. 07960 564 401. £3. 7pm-8pm.

MUSIC Rankin’ John and Owen Deacon. A reggae, blues and soul experience with two London-based musicians, followed by afternoon tea. Primrose Hill Community Centre, 29 Hopkinson’s Place, NW1. 020 7586 8327. Free. 2pm.

TALK Women’s Workplace Victories To Remember, That History Wants You To Forget. Sally Groves, author of Trico: A Victory to Remember, The 1976 Equal Pay Strike at Trico Folberth, Brentford, and Louise Raw, author of Striking a Light: The Bryant and May Matchwomen and their Place in History, discuss their research and consider the role women have had, and continue to play, in workplace struggles. Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, N1. 020 7837 4473. £3, redeemable against any purchase. Visit www.billetto.co.uk to book. 7pm.

THURSDAY 18

PENSIONERS’ MEETING The History of West Hampstead. Talk by archivist Tudor Allen from the Camden History Centre. Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, NW6. Call 07973 845 285 or email peter56nw@outlook.com for further details. 1.30pm.

TALK Jane Austen and the Slave Trade. Illustrated talk by actor and writer Karen Fernald. Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road, NW3. 020 7586 6746. Donations £3. 7.30pm.

ONGOING

EXHIBITION Pop Art. A group of ten artists directly influenced by the Pop Art movement share their works. Catto Gallery, 100 Heath Street, NW3. 020 7435 6660. Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12.30pm-6pm. Until April 29.

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