Red Stage: the 1930s Workers Theatre Movement in South London

Some interesting material in the University of Warwick's digital archive on British Political Theatre 1930s to 1950s, including some newsletters from the 1930s from the Workers Theatre Movement, associated with the Communist Party. As mentioned here before, South London was a focus for this kind of theatre, with performances of agitational sketches and songs given ...

Jonathan Coe in Sydenham

Jonathan Jo Has a mouth like an "O,"But this is what makes him so funny:If you give him a smile, Only once in a while,Then he never expects any money!- AA MilneThe author of The Rotters Club and What a Carve Up is coming to Sydenham. The Kirkdale Bookshop team write:On Friday 30th June, to ...

Adventures in the Anthropecene – talk in Sydenham

Tomorrow night (Wednesday 27th January 2016, 7:30 pm), Gaia Vince - author of Adventures in the Anthropocene - is giving a reading at Sydenham's fine Kirkdale Books.  The book, which won the 2015Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, looks at 'Growing evidence from around the globe... that we are living in a permanently changed ...

Althea Gyles, poet and artist: ‘A Strange Red Haired Girl’

Althea Gyles (right) with Irish revolutionist Constance MarkiewiczThe Irish poet and artist Althea Gyles (1868-1949) was born in County Waterford and moved to London in 1892. She knew Oscar Wilde, W B Yeats (who described her as "a strange red-haired girl, all whose thoughts were set upon painting and poetry"), Constance Markiewicz, Aleister Crowley (with ...

Recent Sydenham Street Art

Some recent Sydenham street art.This is off Sydenham Road (by the car park near the Co-op/Lidl)The kingfisher and fox are on hoardings on Sydenham Road, replacing the lemurs that used to be there.

Gibbons investigation confined to one school

Following the news that Grinling Gibbons' recent exam results have been stricken from their permanent record by the DfE as a result of "maladministration" at the school, a number of parents at Sydenham's Adamsrill primary school, with which Gringling Gibbons is paired, expressed fears that their school might be affected too.Lewisham Council, which must remain tight-lipped until ...

Ishiguro in Sydenham

There was an article in the Guardian last week about the author Kazuo Ishiguro in which he recalled writing his 1989 novel The Remains of the Day (later filmed starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson) while living in Sydenham.   Kazuo Ishiguro: how I wrote The Remains of the Day 'I was then 32 years old, and we’d ...

A South London Street Art Bestiary

Fox in Burgess Park (New Church Road, SE5)Kingfisher in East Dulwich (Frogley Road, SE22)Lemur in Sydenham Road, SE26The other Lemur in Sydenham Road.Lion in the car park of the Golden Lion, Sydenham (Daniel Morgan RIP)Panther off Sydenham Road.Ram in Sydenham Road (opposte Golden Lion)Seahorses in Forest Hill (Devonshire Road, SE23)Squirrel on Bellingham Green SE6

Festive SE London this Weekend

Lots going on this weekend, here's a few things people have asked us to mention.Blythe Hill Fields Festival, Saturday 5th July 2014 - free event with music, stalls etc. in this Lewisham park gem.Nunhead Beats the Bounds, also on Saturday 5th July, a procession around the boundaries of the Nunhead area, starting 2 pm at ...

Lewisham First World War Resisters

Today is apparently International Conscientious Objectors Day, marked around the world each year on 15 May to commemorate those who have refused to fight in wars.Lewisham have launched an interesting and rapidly developing 'London Borough of Lewisham in the First World War' wiki, which includes information about local war resisters at that time. They have ...