Art in the Library with Barry Wall

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While libraries are closed we have invited  artists to highlight their work online. Here local artist Barry Wall tells us about his art.

Barry Wall is an experimental artist. He has been a member of the Henley Art And Crafts Guild since 2016. His work is included in the Guild’s Exhibitions at the Old Fire Station in Henley. He has also exhibited on the Caversham Arts Trail, Henley Arts Trail and at Wokingham Library Cafe.

His work uses a wide range of materials to make collages including printed images, transparencies, pastels and pencils.

His other work uses glass, slate, plastic, wood, casting resin and discarded items that would otherwise go landfill to make art and crafts.

He joined a Ceramic group in 2018 and has created a number of stoneware and earthenware ceramics.

This lockdown and uncertain times has resulted in making time available to create art using whatever materials are available at the time.

Further Information

email:           barry.wall28@yahoo.com

Instagram:   #barryaardvark8

Website:       http://www.barrywallart.com

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The works in order are Social Distance, Lockdown, Sailaway and Triangles. The collages are A4, unframed and not mounted and are available for £50 each and all created in and reflected by the lockdown.

 

For more information or to exhibit at Woodley Library, please contact Helen Wright on helen.wright@wokingham.gov.uk

For more information or to exhibit at Wokingham Library please contact Laura De Moxom on Laura.de.Moxom@wokingham.gov.uk

 

 

Matt Johnson and Alis Hawkins visit Wokingham Library- Wednesday March 4

Matt Johnson and Alis Hawkins will be at Wokingham Library on Wednesday 4 March at 2.30pm to share their secrets of writing crime as well as signing books and answering questions during Wales Week Berkshire.

Wales Week Berkshire brings people together to celebrate the history, culture, beauty, heritage, community and businesses of Wales annually during 22nd March and 8th February.

Matt Johnson lives and works in Monmouth. He served for 25 years as a soldier and Metropolitan Police officer. His debut novel Wicked Game – a crime thriller – was published by Orenda Books in March 2016. The sequel Deadly Game, was published March 2017 and the final part of the trilogy, End Game, in 2018.

Wicked Game was listed for a Crime Writers Association Dagger award, has topped Amazon and KOBO charts in several categories and in 2018, Matt was voted at #22 in the WH Smith UK national poll of the world’s top 100 best-ever crime writers.

Peter James, the international best-selling novelist said of Matt’s work – “Terse, tense and vivid writing. Matt Johnson is a brilliant new name in the world of thrillers.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes said of Matt’s books “From the first page to the last, an authentic, magnetic and completely absorbing read.”

Matthew Hall, BAFTA winning writer of TV Drama ‘Keeping Faith’ said “Johnson is a natural. Taut, knife-edge thrillers, you won’t put down until the last full stop.”

In 1999, Matt was retired from the police with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Whilst undergoing treatment, he was encouraged by his counsellor to write about his career and his experience of murders, shootings and terrorism. His novels are the result of that process.

Alis Hawkins  grew up on a dairy farm in Cardiganshire. Her inner introvert thought it would be a good idea to become a shepherd and, frankly, if she had she might have been published sooner.

As it was, three years reading English at Oxford revealed an extrovert streak and a social conscience which sent her off to train as a Speech and Language Therapist.

She has spent the subsequent three decades variously working in a burger restaurant, bringing up two sons, working with homeless people and helping teachers and families to understand their autistic children. And writing. Always. Nonfiction (autism related), plays (commissioned for production in heritage locations) and, of course, novels.

Initially fascinated by the medieval period, she began her crime and mystery career at Pan Macmillan with a historical novel set during the fourteenth century then fast-forwarded to West Wales in the nineteenth century to fulfill a long-held desire to write a book based on Wales’s best kept historical secret: the Rebecca Riots. But she fell in love – both with nineteenth century west Wales and her characters – and the result is the Teifi Valley Coroner crime series featuring visually impaired investigator, Harry Probert-Lloyd, and his chippy assistant, John Davies.

As a side-effect of setting her series in Ceredigion, instead of making research trips to sunny climes like more foresighted writers, she drives up the M4 to see her family.

Now living with her partner on the Welsh/English border, Alis speaks Welsh, collects rucksacks and can’t resist an interesting fact.

Fun fact: In 1977, Alis was the winner of the under 16s stockjudging competition at the Cardiganshire Federation of Young Farmers Rally. She loves cows …

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To War Without Arms- A talk about the Diaries of an army chaplain-November 11 at Wokingham Library

Sign up for our fascinating talk about the D-Day Journals of a military chaplain with military historian Dr Simon Trew. The talk is particularly relevant this year when we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the  D-Day landings.

Among the millions of personnel who served in the north west European campaign of 1944-45 were hundreds of military chaplains who went to the front line unarmed.

Dr Trew, an acknowledged expert on the Normandy campaign, talks about the journal of one such chaplain, the Reverend Alexander Reynolds, which he has expertly edited.

Reynolds’s journal provides some fascinating insights into the everyday experience of military chaplains and is an honest, thoughtful and humane witness account of some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century and the story of the campaign.

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Monday November 11th, 10.30am to 11.30am, £3 charge. To book a space call the library on (0118) 9781368

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To War Without Arms- A talk about the D-Day Journals of an army chaplain- Wokingham Library November 11th

Sign up for our fascinating talk about the D-Day Journals of a military chaplain with military historian Dr Simon Trew. The talk is particularly relevant this year when we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the  D-Day landings.

Among the millions of personnel who served in the north west European campaign of 1944-45 were hundreds of military chaplains who went to the front line unarmed.

Dr Trew, an acknowledged expert on the Normandy campaign, talks about the journal of one such chaplain, the Reverend Alexander Reynolds, which he has expertly edited.

Reynolds’s journal provides some fascinating insights into the everyday experience of military chaplains and is an honest, thoughtful and humane witness account of some of the most dramatic events of the twentieth century and the story of the campaign.

The talk takes place at Wokingham Library on Monday November 11th, 10.30am to 11.30am, £3 charge. To book a space call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Fantastic Heritage Activities and Medieval Life at Wokingham Library on Saturday September 17, 2019

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As part of this year’s National Heritage Day Celebrations , Wokingham Library joined in with other local partners to host a number of activities particularly related to medieval life as we celebrated the 800th anniversary of its Market Place.

On Saturday we had the The North Downs Lacemakers celebrating National Lacemaking Day with a display of lace and everyone was able to have a go at creating some lace. Children got involved in creating their own shields, inspired by medieval designs. There was even a visit from the Jester!  There is also a display in the Library until 22 September on Medieval Life and Fairs and a quiz for all the family.

There is one more event this week, Wokingham’s Markets and Fairs– find out about the history of Wokingham’s Market Place to mark its 800th anniversary. A talk with Peter Must and Jim Bell. Free, on Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am and places need to be booked at Wokingham Library on 0118 978 1368.

 

 

Tony Knight talks about life at Wokingham Station and beyond

Tony Knight is famous with commuters for his daily attempts to cheer up their train journeys with his jokes and readings from the poetry of Winnie the Pooh.

Tony will be visiting the library to talk about his experiences of working at Wokingham Station and life on the railways. He will also be talking about his life prior to being with the railways when he worked variously as an engineer, Overseas Relief and Development Worker and as a worker with the United Nations Relief Agency.

He has  travelled extensively in Africa, Central America, the Balkans and the Middle East. Tony also played a key role in establishing a large nature conservancy in Kenya and secured a home for the biggest herd of black rhinos in East Africa and many other animals, thus creating an important centre for conservation and ecological developmental work.

He will be at Wokingham Library onWednesday October 2nd, 2pm to 3pm.

This is a FREE Event. To book call the library on (0118) 9781368

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Heritage Activities and Medieval Life in Wokingham Library

As part of this year’s National Heritage Day Celebrations , Wokingham Library is joining with other local partners to host a number of activities particularly related to medieval life. This year Wokingham is celebrating the 800th anniversary of its Market Place.

Events are free but please book by calling (018) 9781368 unless otherwise indicated

 Lacemaking- The North Downs Lacemakers celebrate National Lacemaking Day with a display of lace and the opportunity for visitors to “have a go”. Just drop in!

Saturday September 14 10.30am to 3.30pm

Get Arty with Norman Shields!- Come and decorate a shield for children aged 3 to 11 years old. Drop-in activity

Saturday September 14 11am to 12noon

Heritage Walks- Join our walks starting at Wokingham Library which explore Wokingham’s Heritage with the Wokingham Society. Free

Wednesday September 18 10.3am to 12noon

Wokingham’s Markets and Fairs– find out about the history of Wokingham’s Market Place to mark its 800th anniversary. A talk with Peter Must and Jim Bell. Free

Thursday September 19 10.30am to 11.30am

There will be a display in the Library between 9 and 22 September on Medieval Life and Fairs and a quiz for all the family.

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What is a Cli-Fi Novel? a talk with David Barker-Wokingham Library, July 11

What is a Cli-Fi novel and how do you get one published?

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 Climate Change is driving a new genre in fiction. But why did David choose to set his first thriller during a world war for water? And what was the journey he took from idea to publication? David will discuss this and tell you about the other two books in the Gaia trilogy from Urbane Publications. There will be Q&A, refreshments and, of course, a book signing for those wishing to purchase copies of David’s novels.

Wokingham Library, Thursday July 11 5.45pm to 7pm, £3 charge

To book a place call the library on (0118) 9781368

 

Library Volunteer Celebration Event May 2019

Library volunteers enjoyed an afternoon on Wednesday May 15 with Kashmir the Guide Dog, Jenny and Sandra, hearing about a Guide dog’s training and the mobility and confidence a dog can give to a visually impaired person. After the talk at Wokingham Library, Jenny presented the library volunteers with “thank you” certificates and this was followed by refreshments.

The event was held to celebrate the valued contribution volunteers make to the library service across the borough helping to deliver additional library services, including storytimes, children’s clubs, activities for adults and the Home Library Service.

More details about volunteering at:  http://www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/library-services/volunteering-in-our-libraries/

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Create a Colouful Wardrobe for Your Holiday-A talk with Sue Selisko at Wokingham Library- Thursday April 25

Create a Colourful Capsule Wardrobe for your Holiday

With Sue Selisko, Colour and Image Consultant, House of Colour Wokingham

Sign up for our fun session and find out:

  • How to find your personal palette of colours to have an all-the-year-round healthy holiday glow
  • Know and wear your WOW colours so that you look and feel amazing
  • Sticking to your colours makes dressing a breeze
  • Understand how these colours compliment you and go together to create a capsule wardrobe
  • Stress free packing for a summer break

One gift voucher will be donated towards the cost of a colour class if more than 20 attend and there is also the offer of a free lipstick if a colour class is booked at this event.

Gift vouchers can also be purchased towards the cost of colour, style and make-up classes

The session will be held at Wokingham Library on Thursday April 25 , 5.30pm to 7pm.

£5 charge

To book a place please call the library on (0118) 9781368

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