City of Stories Home - event for writers and readers

Come along to this special free event celebrating the launch of the City of Stories Home anthology, featuring talented new writers from across London, as well as published authors. 

Sign up to the event to: 

  • take part in a creative writing taster session; 
  • hear local authors read their stories; 
  • get a free copy of the Anthology; and 
  • find out how your local library can support you as a reader and writer. 

Hosted by the writer S. Niroshini, the event takes place on Wednesday 15 June, 6-8pm. 

Book your free ticket here. 

Camden Libraries Book Lovers

Join our panel of library staff who will be reviewing and discussing books. 

We will publish the details of the next event here soon.  

Reading Friends

Reading is a great way to bring people together and make people feel more connected to their community.

Camden libraries, in partnership with Age UK Camden, are running a number of Reading Friends groups  to connect people through reading and sharing stories, to meet new friends and have fun. 

The groups use reading – books, magazines, newspapers, poetry and even knitting patterns – to get people together and start chatting.  

Some groups are starting in February and we will be starting more soon. Below are details of how you can get involved:

Reading Friends - Poetry Reading Group

The Poetry Reading Group will start again later in the year

"Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat."  Robert Frost

Reading Friends – Read, Talk, Share Group

Run in partnership with Age UK Camden, the ‘Read, Talk, Share' group involves weekly reading aloud and discussion sessions on Zoom.  Older people in Camden can join to meet new people discuss the novel, magazine article or poem being read.

  • Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.15am on Zoom

To join the group, call: 0207 329 0400; or email:

Reading Friends funding

The events are part of a national initiative called ‘Read, Talk Share’ funded by the Reading Agency and aims to support those who might feel isolated in their communities by using the power of reading.   Camden have been awarded £10,000 to help fund the project.  

Find out more about the Reading Agency's Reading Friends programme.

You can find out more about The Reading Agency's Read, Talk, Share campaign here:  Read, Talk, Share.

Other reading groups, books and writers

Age UK Camden Book Club run a monthly book group, led by writer and journalist, Emily Rhodes.

Local History

Camden Local History and Archives Centre have a number of online talks about Camden, including:

  • Charles Dickens and Camden
  • The Bedford Theatre, Camden
  • Holborn Warships Week
  • Memories of Kings Cross
  • Camden Tour Guide podcasts 
  • Local History talks online

Interview with our chief  Archivist Tudor Allen about Camden's literary connections.

Literary London.  Resonance Radio, 27 March 2015 - running time one hour.