Wandsworth and Merton

SPINE Festival library partners in Wandsworth and Merton have a range of activities for children, families and young people both online and in their local libraries and schools exploring the theme of Empathy. Included in the activities is a tour of ‘The CAT-Astrophic Adventures of Dollop and Crinkle‘, a co-commissioned theatre show with Half Moon and poets Henry Madd and Kirk-Ann Roberts.

This year Wandsworth and Merton boroughs are paired together to work with Linden Katherine McMahon and Victoria Fifield, our Artists in Residence for SPINE Festival 2021. Linden and Victoria will deliver school workshops and digital public events. Make sure to check out what they create on Wandsworth and Merton library websites.

In addition to Linden and Victoria, Ben Poultney will be joining the programme as a local artist in residence and will be offering workshops around fun, vibrant and interactive drawing.


This is the second year that Wandsworth have been part of SPINE festival. Follow them on Twitter for their latest updates @Better_Balham @wandsworthlibs or email for any enquiries: Balham.Library@gll.org

You can view the SPINE events in Wandsworth over on their website.


Website: see what’s on
Twitter: @MertonLibraries
Facebook: @mertonlibraries

A man in white t-shirt learns over a desk to drawBen Poultney | Drawing

Ben Poultney regularly teaches drawing workshops for children and adults of Wandsworth, and he has worked on many local, creative projects including with St. George’s Hospital. He runs children’s cartoon science classes, and has spent time volunteering and drawing at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He also works with the elderly in care homes. Ben has been drawing since he was able to hold a crayon and hasn’t stopped since. He specialises in fun, vibrant and interactive cartoon artwork, bringing humour and lovable characters to the forefront of his drawings.

Website: drawmytown.com
Twitter: @drawmytown
Instagram: @drawmytown
Facebook: @drawmytown
Youtube: Draw my Town



We will be updating this page with all the activities, so please check this page regularly closer to the festival dates to find out more!

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