Members' Area

Members of The London Library have access to a unique humanities library for use in their own homes or workplaces, in addition to congenial spaces in which to read and work.

 

MEMBER EVENTS

 

Alex La Guma - The Black Dickens and the Politics of Colouredness

Monday 13 March 2017; 6.00pm-8.00pm
Members' Room

Lindsay Johns will examine the life and works of one of South Africa's leading novelists of the 20th century. A seminal but much over-looked figure in modern African literature, La Guma wrote five novels and several short stories against the backdrop of political turmoil in apartheid-era South Africa in the 1960s and 1970s.

A native of Cape Town, La Guma became a prominent freedom fighter as well as a writer and was the chief representative of the African National Congress in Havana, Cuba at the time of his death in 1985. 

Johns will provide a fascinating insight into the life and art of La Guma and the role that both Coloured* identity and anti-apartheid activism played in his work. Asserting La Guma's rightful place in the canon, Johns will argue why the Black Dickens should be far better known today, both in South Africa and globally. 

Lindsay Johns is a writer & broadcaster, Head of Arts and Culture at Policy Exchange and a non-residential Fellow at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University.

*South African usage

Places at this event are free of charge but limited. Reserve your place here

Please note this event is for London Library members only.


How to...Pitch an Idea - With Paul Farrow

Tuesday 28 March 2017; 6.00pm-8.00pm
Members' Room

Would you like to receive free expert advice on how to persuade and present to an audience effectively? Would you like practical tips on how to pitch your ideas, whether a proposal for a new book or a business venture?

In an exclusive opportunity for members, Paul Farrow, Library member and partner at consultancy Benjamin Ball Associates, will run a practical and fun workshop packed full of useful advice on how to define your message, structure your argument and deliver what you have to say in a compelling way.

Paul Farrow is an expert trainer and PR advisor with over 30 years' experience, working with a wide range of organisations and charities from The Prince's Trust to Fidelity

Please note that this event is now sold out.

Please note this event is for London Library members only.


The London Library Philosophy Group

12 April 2017 6pm – 7.45pm (and every second Wednesday of the month thereafter)
Members’ Room 

The London Library Philosophy club launches on 12 April and will provide a regular forum for discussing topical issues in philosophy.

The group is open to all members, from complete beginners to those who are well read in the subject. All that is asked is that members are willing to join in the discussion and should have read the text that is being discussed which will be circulated in advance of each meeting.

The first meeting will look at themes of personal identity and the mind, inspired by the philosopher Derek Parfit and one of his early papers – “Personal Identity' which is available on JSTOR through the Library’s electronic resources. Using Partfit’s paper as the starting point for the discussion, the group will begin by examining what binds us to our past and future self?

London Library members wishing to attend meetings should register their interest with the group co-ordinator, Library member John Robinson, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a name and contact phone number.

Members will receive further details about the group, and a reading and resources list which relates to the topic being discussed at the next meeting.

Free to members. Numbers are limited to 15 members each meeting.

Please note: this group is only open to members of The London Library 


Face to Face: Books From East Asia 

Tuesday 22 May 2017; 6.00pm-8.00pm
Members' Room

Printing was well-established in East Asia long before it became common practice in Europe, with the earliest examples dating from the 8th century.

Professor Peter Konickitalks about the history of printing in East Asia, with a special opportunity to see a display of items from his personal collection of old Japanese and Korean books, the oldest of which is an illustrated Buddhist text printed in Japan in 1278. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see these privately owned treasures at first hand.

Peter Kornicki is Emeritus Professor of Japanese at Cambridge University and Deputy Warden of Robinson College, Cambridge. He was President of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) between 1997-2000.​

Places at this event are free of charge but limited. Reserve your place here

Please note this event is for London Library members only.


PhD Members' Group

For any members currently studying for a PhD, there is a monthly meeting held at the Library on the first Wednesday of every month. The informal meetings provide an opportunity to share information on a variety of subjects including research, funding opportunities as well as informal networking. Contact Library member Cleo Roberts on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.


Newsletter

Members receive a quarterly e-newsletter full of Library news and exclusive special offers. If you are a member and wish to find out about these events and offers, please ensure that you have informed us of any changes to your email address by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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