Westminster Libraries and Archives


Books we love…

Marcovaldo, by Italo Calvino As it’s Plastic-Free July, our book review blog will be the title ‘Marcovaldo’ by Italo Calvino. This week, Richard from Brompton Library will be reviewing Marcovaldo, by Italo Calvino. Marcovaldo is a collection of Italian stories talking about the beauty and the ugliness of both the countryside and the city. Over… More

Books we love…

This month is Plastic Free July, helping to promote the need towards eradicating plastic pollution so that we can have cleaner streets, oceans and beautiful communities. To mark this important occasion, Montse from Victoria Library will be reviewing ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, which won the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize in 2014,… More

Theatre Archives: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre is firmly established as one of London’s Summer joys. Westminster City Archives holds a number of items from the theatre including some photographs and programmes from its early Summer seasons. 

Westminster Libraries Podcast: Under The Covers

Ann Carroll from Paddington Library writes… Well, it’s taken a while – years even – but the day I’d been waiting for arrived in June – on the 7th to be precise- when the shiny new podcast, ‘Under The Covers’ From Westminster Libraries officially launched. The premise is: what books are on the guest’s bedside… More

Books we love…

…Writers we love! This week on our blog, Reece from Victoria Library has reviewed the life and work of Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina, over to Reece to tell us more…. “I’m not even sure I want to use the term ‘coming out’”. Kenyan novelist and Journalist Binyavanga Wainaina, explained that publicly… More

Review of the Week- The Hay Festival 2021!

The Hay Festival is one of the biggest annual literary events of the calendar, including a mixture of musical performances and film reviews. Over to Michaela from Church Street Library for her review of this year’s Hay Festival. “I have recently enjoyed listening to many authors talk about their books, writing and awards from the… More

Books we love…Twilight Franchise!

Over to Zvezdana from Chelsea Library for a review on a love story with a bite! The love story with a bite: ‘Twilight’ – books and films! Fifteen years ago, the first ‘Twilight’ book was published, followed by ‘New Moon’, ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Breaking Dawn’, telling a story of Romeo and Juliet with a vampiric twist. … More