BRIX PICKS: Your guide to the week’s events July 8th – 14th

bbj-july8th-a6-frontMonday 8th The wonderful and FREE literary bash that is Brixton Bookjam returns to Hootananny this evening. Hear from great writers, including Irenosen Okojie, Harys Francke, Leonore Schick and many more. What a treat.

Tuesday 9th Give your child the bookworm bug by registering them for the Children’s Summer Reading Challenge with Lambeth Libraries. Ask at your nearest library for details of how your child can participate.

Wednesday 10th Ferndale Road’s Chocolate Museum is running a delectable chocolate-making workshop for sweet-toothed adults. You will learn how to make your own chocolate bars or truffles and learn about chocolate-tasting and pairing chocolate with wine. For bookings email

Thursday 11th One of your last chances to see Knight Webb Gallery’s exhibition Sketches of Time, an exploration of painterly abstraction through the works of artists from the UK, China, Korea and the USA.

Friday 12th Brockwell Park offers a summer holiday craft workshop for children: Rag Weaving II. Your child will make a work of art using recycled textiles with artist Karina Blackhurst. £5 per child, discounts for the unwaged available. Booking absolutely essential. Email Beth at or call 07427 685714.

Saturday 13th Frockswap is exactly what is sounds like – a clothes swapping event! This one’s in aid of Trekstock charity, supporting young people with cancer. £2 is the suggested donation for entry. All clean clothes and accessories (barring pants and socks) are welcomed and you’ll be awarded a swappable token for each item you bring. Effra Social, 2pm-5pm.

jo_brand_275Sunday 14th Comedy legends Jo Brand, Omid Djalili and Bobby Davro descend on Jamm for a benefit in aid of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. There’ll be food, laughs aplenty and tunes by Black Cat Music. Entry’s £17 in advance or £20 on the door. 6:30 – 11pm.

Also on Sunday is Brixton Windmill’s Big Gig, a celebration of community and music. Featuring  The No Frills Band between 1 – 5pm, the Big Gig will allow visitors to not only listen to this local band’s wide range of music, but also to join in and participate.  The band play regularly at events at Brixton Windmill and as part of the Big Gig will also work with gig goers in creating and making instruments from recycled materials.