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The Amazing Maisie returns to tell us about her latest read: Supermarket Sweep

Maisie reviews

Supermarket Sweepby Pip Jones

Maisie is one of Artizan Street Library’s resident reviewers and just loves reading books!



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Artizan Reading Group met to discuss: Helen Dunmore’s period spy story Exposure

Here is Artizan Street Library’s Reading group Latest Read

Helen Dunmore’s – Exposure

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What would I Save?

Artizan Street library suffered a flood and it was so sad to see ruined stock piled in disaster

crates. If push came to shove if I could only save one item what would I save?

I decided on…..


Low by David Bowie


“Pale blinds drawn all day, nothing to do, nothing to say”

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CV Writing Workshop

Thinking of a New start in the New Year? Or perhaps your current CV  needs updating to reflect  brand new skills you’ve learnt last year. Now’s the time to get free help in polishing up your CV.

Then Shoe Lane Library can help you. Taking place every 3rd Thursday of the month between 10 – 11am a workshop is run to aid you to compile a fantastic CV. This is a free course, but spaces are limited

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Six Week Writing Course with Rachel Knightley

Six Week Writing Course


Rachel Knightley


Saturday 27 January

2 – 3.30pm

Barbican Library

Barbican Library Library are pleased to host a six week writing course with freelance writer Rachel Knightley. Rachel reviews film and theatre and teaches Creative Writing, Speech and Drama and runs literary and theatre-based fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Release The Pressure

Release The Pressure

Don’t Suffer In Silence

Dragon Café in the City welcomes anyone living or working in the Square Mile who is feeling the pressures of work or home life, or life in general.

It is a relaxing space and is open to everyone. Located in Shoe Lane Library, the  Café offers a range of free activities and events to promote and support mental wellbeing. The Dragon Café also provides an open, quiet and calm environment, to reflect or to practice mindfulness on your own. It provides a space to look after your own wellbeing – mind, body and soul.

Dragon Café in the City will run on a fortnightly basis on Thursdays, noon to 8:30pm, from 8th February until 12th July. It will offer:

  • short massage and complementary therapy sessions
  • creative workshops and talks on a wide variety of subjects
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga and movement workshops
  • mindfulness

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John Piper – Master of Diversity

John Piper

Master of Diversity

Barbican Library

20 February 2018

12.30 – 13.30

John Egerton Christmas Piper  was an English painter, printmaker and designer of stained-glass windows and both opera and theatre sets. His work often focused on the British landscape, especially churches and monuments, and included tapestry designs, book jackets, screen-prints, photography, fabrics and ceramics. He was educated at Epsom College and trained at the Richmond School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art in London.

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Artizan Reading Group Discuss: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Artizan Street Reading Group Discuss

Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs

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Artizan Street Reading Group Met To Discuss: Man in the High Castle by Philip k Dick

Artizan  Street Reading Group Met To Discuss

The Man In The High Castle


Philip K. Dick





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