Monthly Poetry Meetup.

Are you looking for a place to read your own poetry, to share poems that you love, or just to come and listen..?
Offside Books are pleased to host the event “Poetry of many worlds” on the first Wednesday of each month 7pm to 9pm, starting 1 March 2017. Facilitator: Brian Lee.  92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA

So if you’re in Kilburn, Willesden, Cricklewood, West Hampstead etc., and are into poetry, you know now where to come.

BREAKING:  The next event takes place Wednesday 5th April. The theme for the first half of the evening will be poetry written by women.

UPDATE The event for June takes place Wednesday 7th June at 7pm. The theme will be “Love and Lust”


Creative Writing Course with Hud Saunders (8 weeks early 2017)

Offside Books are proud to announce we are hosting a creative writing course, with Hud Saunders, at our bookshop on 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn, NW6 7TA from the 7th of February 2017 to 4th April 2017.

About Hud Saunders:

In 2003 Hud Saunders graduated from editing film scripts to writing screenplays – his first film, ‘Brothers in Arms’, written for Moulin Rouge producer Martin Brown, was followed by several screenplays, alongside the role of creative consultant on both of 1 Giant Leap’s Grammy nominated movie documentaries. His first novel ‘The Beasts of Belmont Park’ was published by The Pigeonhole in 2015. He is currently writing the sequel.
Hud has been teaching creative writing since 2010. He taught the highly successful ‘Writer’s Garret’ course at Lauderdale House from 2013-2015 and has run workshops and writing courses for groups and advertising agencies.



About the course:

Have you ever wondered about writing but felt unsure of how to start?  Do you write on your own but need some feedback?  Are you an experienced writer looking for ways to develop your skills? This fun and inspiring course will provide stimulating and thought-provoking exercises and prompts to get you started, along with lots of constructive advice. Ideal for both beginners and experienced writers.
Participants only need to bring a pen and something to write on.

The course will run from the 7th of February 2017 to 4th April 2017 (with a one week break in the middle), on subsequent Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm.
Cost: £160

Please note places are limited to a maximum of ten participants, so please book early to secure a place.


“I really enjoyed it – it was great to get feedback and Hud did a great job of facilitating a relaxed atmosphere. It gave me the confidence to write a few other bits and pieces and submit a poem to a friend’s ‘zine’”- Heather Griffiths

“I learned that starting to write isn’t as difficult if you let your mind free and write whatever. If you start with setting yourself limits and boundaries you won’t get anywhere.”- Peter Konickx

“It was great to just let go and write for a change. Being a copywriter I’m so used to having rules to stick to, or tone of voices, but with this course I could kind of just write whatever came into my head.  I thought Hud was great, really enthusiastic and could find positive things in what everyone had written.”- Amy Westbrook, Creative, YKCR/Y&R

“I was inspired to write more, Hud was very good and very encouraging.”- Anna-Marie Holub

Language Conversation nights 2017

We are pleased to announce that our conversation nights resume in January.

The Anglo-French conversation group will meet up every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 7pm. First meetup will be Wednesday 11th January. Admission is £6, which includes a free drink and snacks.

Our Spanish-English intercambio group is undergoing a pause. News soon of the revamp.

All levels welcome to each language group.

Book Reading and Signing – Alice took a detour

On Sunday 16th October at 3pm, we are proud to host the writer Karen Georghiou to do a reading and signing for her latest book Alice Took a Detour.
All are welcome to attend.

Free admission
Thank you
When: Sunday 16th October at 3pm
Where: OffSide Books, 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA

Anglo-French Meetup – Soirée

Update: For 2017 we will be holding French/English conversation nights  on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, starting  11 January at 7pm – 8.30pm. Facilitators to alternate between Stéphane Goldstein and Alison Schulte.

Come along to our bookshop at 92 Willesden Lane NW6 7TA, to practice your French or English and make new friends.. All language levels are welcome.

All language levels welcome. £6 entrance (includes free refreshment and snacks).


Venez réviser, perfectioner votre anglais ou votre français dans le cadre amical et chaleureux de notre  librairie / café.
Tous les niveaux sont admis. Nous nous réunissons les mercredis  à 19 heures.

Black feminism event – 2 August 7pm

We are privileged to host an event “Decolonising the Mind” at our bookshop at 92 Willesden Lane on Thursday 2nd August.

Join us for a politically charged dialogue that engages contemporary issues of blackness, feminism and decoloniality in the diaspora, located in the differences and commonalities of black women’s experience of existing in the shadow of empire.

The event will be hosted by Lesley-Ann Brown, a Trinidad-American writer who is a web commentator at, and by Simmi Dullay, raised in Denmark and now residing in London.

A £4.00 contribution will be requested, and cheese and wine will be seved during the event.


Spanish and English Conversation Nights

For 2017 we will be holding Spanish/English conversation nights each Thursday, starting 12th January at 7pm – 8.30pm

Come along to our bookshop at 92 Willesden Lane NW6 7TA, to practice your Spanish and make new friends..

All language levels welcome. £5 entrance (includes free drink and snack).

Hasta la vista!










Informal social chess evenings starting 3 June

Starting on 3rd June, we will host social chess evenings at 5pm onwards Fridays in our bookshop 92 Willesden Lane, NW6 7TA

It’s going to be on a casual basis to start, all levels are welcome. No admission fee will be charged, but we ask that people help with the bookshop costs by purchasing a tea or coffee and/or books or cards.

Although we have a small number of chess sets, you are welcome to bring your own.

Please spread the word!


Philo Story Cafe – Thursday 19th May

We are privileged once again to have Jean-Marc Pierson perform his Philo Story Telling at the Community Bookshop at 6.45pm on Thursday 19th May.

The subject is going to be “How to deal with negative emotions”

Is there a definitive solution to the problems caused by fear, anger, guilt and other so called “negative” emotions?

I don’t think so. However, I know one thing: talking about our human challenges with other human beings helps a lot.
I know another thing: you don’t have to tell a story if you don’t want to, but I know you all have fantastic and inspiring or funny anecdotes to tell, and real experience to share.

I know something else: as a story lover and story teller, a lot of wisdom has been shared through stories. That’s why I’ll find a few traditional jokes or tales to tell you about the subject of dealing with difficult emotions.

You’re welcome to attend with a story to tell, or a poem, or anything that can be listened to. You can also very welcome if you wish to listen only.

Story telling is a social art. With a theme and a few stories, we will also have great and meaningful conversation.


Tea and biscuits will be served, and voluntary donations welcome. We all know that Jean-Marc is a thoughtful and entertaining Storyteller, so come along and take advantage of his appearance in the bookshop.

Another great story telling event 6 March

We are privileged to have Jean-Marc Pierson (again) preside over a story telling event in our bookshop. The event takes place on Sunday 6 March between 4pm and 6pm, and as before tea and biscuits will be served up. So for a thought-provoking experience that doesn’t destroy your wallet (entrance is free, but we do ask for donations if you appreciate the event) please come along to the Community Bookshop at 92 Willesden Lane, Kilburn NW6 7TA.

Here is Jean-Marc’s description of the forthcoming story telling:


  • To speak about the human condition, Freud told the story of hedgehogs living in the cold. They tried to huddle together to keep warm, but then they hurt one another with their quills. So they kept distant so as not to get hurt, but they felt cold….

    I have a few stories about the difficulties and the wonders of being people, loving and hurting one another….
    You’re welcome to attend with a story to tell, or a poem, or anything that can be listened to. You can also very welcome if you wish to listen only.

    Story telling is a social art. With a theme and a few stories, we will also have great and meaningful conversation.

    Tea and biscuits will be served.

    Voluntary donations are welcome.

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