Artists & Performers Needed At The Farm

Clitterhouse fFarm Arts Festival is looking for:


Theatre Groups,

Spoken Word Artist,

Dance Companies,

Performers and Visual Artists of all kinds  to perform at the Clitterhouse Farm Arts Festival on Saturday 23rd July 2016.

Also artists who deliver workshops in: Yoga, Dance, Voice, and Theatre, dance therapy and more, to share a holistic experience with the event.

If you would like to perform in the event or deliver a workshop, please send your details (CV, website, videos) to: Creative Team Alison Ray MA: or Paulette Singer:

Deadline: 30th April 2016



Saving The Library


Old Cricklewood Library

COME TO THE PUBLIC MEETING: “MAKE OUR LIBRARY LIVE”: Wednesday 16th March 2016, Ashford  Place, 60 Ashford Rd, nW26TU

New Library

New Cricklewood Library

Creative Cricklewood is all about saving the local library at the moment.

CC has been part of a team of local residents who’ve fought long and hard since the library was closed in 2011, against the wishes of the community. Against all the odds, almost to our own amazement, we saved the library.

It is being built right now, as you read.

The new library will occupy the ground floor of a brand new building at the end of Olive Road, facing Gladstone Park, right where the old library was.

What we have saved so far is the space, but of course a library is not four walls. It’s books, and technology and most of all it’s people. The people who run it and the people who use it.

We need help from you, and yours, to make this beautiful new space an actual library: a home for knowledge, a beacon of light, a safe, silent space where Cricklewood children and adults can learn and grow and connect with the world beyond.

Without you, the library may not open in 2016.

As council support has been completely withdrawn, the library now has to fund itself. We need to kit out the interior, from the floor up. Plastering, electrics, plumbing and equipment: shelves, books and computers. We need specialist help too, for legal matters, structural and design issues, and more.

It’s all great fun and quite a creative challenge.

Getting up and running will cost upwards of £100,000. A lot of money, yes, but there are a lot of us around here who know its value extends way beyond that. A good library is a priceless asset.

  • For Sally Long, the inspirational Chair of the Friends of Cricklewood Library, it’s all about people getting together: “having a place to work outside my house, meet my friends, join in some random activity I didn’t realise I would enjoy, help other people, and meet people I didn’t know lived around here”.
  • For a mum, it’s having somewhere, within walking distance, where their kids can be introduced to books.
  • For a teenager, it’s a safe space to dream and imagine what might be, surrounded by the world’s knowledge.
  • For an older person, it’s a place to learn about technology, share wisdom and connect with the community.

A library can be all things to all people. The benefits it brings are hard to quantify — but they are undeniable. And deeply important.

And this is the only cultural space in Cricklewood at the moment and the only space where all are welcome, irrespective of color, class or creed, free of charge.

So do join us, and get involved whatever way you’d like. If you can donate money, thank you so much. Perhaps you can donate your time, ideas or your skills? Can you be one of the volunteers who will let our community — and the wider world — know about the library and all it has to offer? Can you get your children involved in delivering leaflets, for example?

We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved so far and now we’re in Phase Two, we need more energy and ideas. We need people who love this project as much as we do and want to be part of creating something amazing in Cricklewood.

Jorge Luis Borges said: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Be part of creating our own little corner of paradise in Cricklewood.

Please help Cricklewood Library become all it can be.

Panama Dave & Adam Tunji

MeetUp & Music at The Crown Monday Dec 7th 2015

Join the creative community in Cricklewood on Monday next Dec 7th at 8.15pm, in The Mezzanine, upstairs at The Crown Hotel, where we’ll be putting together our plans for 2016 (hint: they’re rather exciting), then enjoying a cuppa (or whatever you’re having yourself) and a get-together, to the background sounds of Dave Parratt’s inspiring guitar instrumentals.


There are lots of new, creative happenings in Cricklewood, thanks to the activity of Clitterhouse Farm project, the residents’ associations, NW2 and Mapesbury, the town team and the new community library.

This library on Olive Rd, which is inching up as we write, will provide Creative Cricklewood (CC) with what we’ve so long needed: a dedicated, suitable space for workshops, events and all sorts of creative doings.

We’re very excited!

So do come along and meet with the CC team, Sally from the library, Wendy our fundraiser/web designer — and we’ll have a special presentation from Argent Property Developers, who are going to be developing Brent Cross, and who are interested in meeting the writers, artists and creative folk in our area.

Argent’s interest, and investment, in creative renewal is evident at their King’s Cross development and is good news for all creatives in Cricklewood.

Their representative Andrew Turner will be there to answer your questions, find out about your work and discuss creative possibilities.

Our thanks to The Crown Hotel, which is providing the room and refreshments. 

If you have a few hours to spare to help our efforts, we’ll be putting a “Tell The World Team” together, to help make more great things happen — and spread the word, online and through the media. We’d love you to be involved.

Let’s fill our town with writers and artists!

See you on Monday, 8.15pm, upstairs at The Crown.




Panama Dave“, together with artist Henryk Terpilowski and other CC members, have been putting together a regular Creative Cricklewood Open Mic and Art Show since 2012. So far it has run for 70 shows in a little under three years, at the Windmill Bar on Cricklewood Broadway. At the moment, it is in hiatus, as the Windmill has once again closed to the general public. Watch this space. In the meantime, Dave is to be found gigging all over town and when at home in Cricklewood, teaching guitar.



‘Possibly the best guitarist playing live in London at this time’

​Carl Chamberlain, Sing For Your Supper 


Alex McIntyre, Creative Cricklewood

‘Astonishing, just brilliant’

Carl Prekopp, Gypsy


‘His 6 strings are attached to my heart. His beautiful sounds take me deep into my imagination where anything is possible…’

Kira Kenley


Save the Date: AGM Dec 7th 2015

Lots of changes for CC in the coming year, including finally having a dedicated space for our activities becoming available through the new Cricklewood Community Library.

We’re putting in place exciting plans for a variety of CC events and projects, online and off, to celebrate and connect the writers and artists of Cricklewood.

If you’d like to be involved, we’re expanding our committee (rather an official word for our ad hoc group of artists, writers and appreciators).

And having a meeting on Dec 7th at The Mezzanine at The Crown to make/discuss our plans for 2016.

Details to follow, for now save the date.


Open Mic Ceasing As The Windmill Bar Closes

We’re sorry to announce that the Windmill pub is closing and so the longstanding Creative Cricklewood Open Mic is ceasing for the foreseeable future.

We would like to thank all who helped to make this such a vibrant get-together, and celebration of local creativity, each fortnight (at one time, each week) for our community. Most especially, of course, Mr Dave Parratt, “Panama Dave” who so ably ran the sound deck, and the night.

In the almost three years of running, Dave missed only one of more than 70 events. He will continue to play his uniquely wonderful instrumental guitar at a variety of venues, including a new venture with Victor, who has managed The Windmill in recent months. So keep an eye on his facebook page.

Our special thanks too to Henryk Terpilowski, most particularly for his tireless work on the art show, and Pat Bonner (Zimmy van Zandt) for all round assistance — and all who made it such a success for so long.

This underlines the importance of dedicated space for CC activities and we welcome the coming of the new library in 2016.

In the meantime, we are investigating an alternative venue for our monthly art show.


Kilburn Literary Festival’s Flash Fiction Competition

Entries are invited to Kilburn Literary Festival (KLF)’s Flash Fiction Competition .

Writers of 16+ should submit 500 words on the theme ‘Reflections’ to by the closing date of 12 noon on 20th October.

Stories should be included in the bulk of the email (no attachments will be opened) and should include the words Flash Fiction Competition in the subject line.

Finalists will be asked to attend an evening at The North London Tavern on 28th October where professional actors will read the 10 short listed stories to an audience who will then vote for the winning story.

Ability to attend this evening is a condition of being short listed.

More details here.


Open Mic Back To Thursdays

Okay, we hear you! You didn’t like our experiment moving the Open Mic to Wednesdays.

So we’re back to Thursdays (every second week).

13th, 27th August, 10th, 24th September and every second Thursday thereafter.

Come on down and sing us a song, recite us a poem, put your art on the walls for a month. Or just come to have fun, hang out with local friends and appreciate local talent.

All welcome.



Creative Cricklewood and London Irish Centre host WB Yeats event

Work in progress: a painting of WB Yeats that Creative Cricklewood member Pat Bonner will display at the event. All members are invited to take part

Work in progress: WB Yeats canvas that CC member Pat Bonner will display the Irish Centre in Camden, August 20th. All CC members are invited to contribute to the event.

Creative Cricklewood is hosting an event at the London Irish Centre as part of the #Yeats2015 celebration, the 150th birth anniversary of WB Yeats.

The event is being organised by Chair of Creative Cricklewood, Orna Ross, in partnership with The London Irish Centre, which will be the venue for the evening.

Performers include award-winning Jazz vocalist Christine Toibin; Damien Brennan, Immediate Past President of Yeats Society; Aisling Fahy, Young Poet Laureate to London; Irish Senator Susan O’Keeffe, Chair of Yeats2015, a year-long national and international celebration of WB Yeats and Daniel Mulhall, UK Irish Ambassador. Also a film-poem produced by Shevaun Wilder for #Yeats2015, featuring actor Michael Gambon. and a recording of WB Yeats himself reading “Inishfree”.

There will also be poetry gifts: “Poems on the Underground” posters and free ebooks of Orna Ross’s Yeats novel, “Her Secret Rose” for the first 100 tickets sold.

It promises to be an unforgettable night, fusing poetry, music and magic.

Members of Creative Cricklewood are invited to show their art and provide interval and post-show entertainment.

Do join us.

Tickets to attend: £8 in advance, £10 on door. Those contributing to the event: Free