Pick of the Line 09/09-11/09

Art, literature and music lovers are spoilt for choice this weekend.

Joe Dunthorne will be at Lewisham Literary Festival pic: Diamond Geyser

Friday September 9: Colin O’Brien photography exhibition @ Pages of Hackney

Travel back in time with the renowned photographer’s exhibition documenting London’s urban life. Visit Pages of Hackney gallery and see O’Brien’s lesser known black and white shots transporting you right back to good old ’50s.

O’Brien’s focus falls on details, such as playing children and rundown buildings, which helps him narrate the story of what life was like in those days. Through photos – most of which are not commercial and were taken for himself rather than publications – he captures the essence of working class life 50 years ago.

The exhibition runs until October 30


Simon Burton: Nowhere Men. Pic: Antonia Phillips

Friday September 9-16: Lewisham Literary Festival

Today sees the start of Lewisham’s first literary festival, packed with an exciting programme spanning a week. Funded by the Lewisham Borough Council, and in association with the Hither Green Community Hall and Arts Society, the festival has been organized by a few local residents intent on focusing on the ‘festival’ rather than the literary, especially in the overcast aftermath of library closures and local unrest.

The programme includes a series of events for families and children, and brings together many well known writers. The week kicks off on Friday night at the Firestation Book Swap. Originating in Windsor, the event will host authors Evie Wyld and John Harding for “irreverent chat, book swapping and cake”.

Other authors involved later in the week include Joe Dunthorne (Submarine) and Lee Rourke (The Canal), Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho) and Suzanne McLeod (Spellcrackers.com) and many other talented artists.  Booker longlisted novelist Samantha Harvey (The Wilderness) and Jake Wallis Simons (The English German Girl, The Exiled Times of a Tibetan Jew) will read from and chat about their work. The week is punctuated with various fun and entertaining children’s events and the festival will close on Friday September 16 with comedy, music and storytelling for grown-ups.

The full programme can be found here.

Low Brow Festival. Pic: Rob Hughes

Saturday September 10: Lowbrow Festival @ Haggerston Park, Hackney

Make a note in your diary – Hackney is the borough you definitely want to be in this Saturday! Lowbrow Festival arrives to transform Haggerston Park into a day of free music and visual art you’ve never thought possible!

See a number of contemporary artists including Stik, Otto Schade and more. The festival will keep your ears entertained with a wide range of DJs and Artists, all live – only for your pleasure! Find more information here.

Entry: FREE!

Start: 12pm-8pm

Sunday September 11: Simon Burton: Nowhere Men @ Arch 402

You might think that one art exhibition a week is enough – but you’re wrong. We can’t get enough!

This Friday, Arch 402 in Hoxton is opening a new exhibition exploring the theme of social obsolescence in modern society, and we’ll be there, examining the latest 12 paintings by British artist Simon Burton.

Burton looks into the physical element of recycling, which he feels reflects what art inhabits today. Agree or disagree? Come to Arch 402 to see the series of hermit-like characters, and discuss these ideas with people around you.








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