Monsoon Reading

Balham seems to be in the midst of a monsoon. Downstairs in the shop’s basement the music is turned up to cover the sound of the driving rain. It’s really wonderful to see people come in to the shop in weather like this, even if it’s just to get out of the rain! The good…

The Bees by Laline Paull

‘Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously…

Welcome Back

  Hello and welcome back to the Oxfam Balham blog! My Day as a Volunteer I have recently started here at Oxfam Balham (roughly a month ago) and I am very excited to be taking over the internet realm of Oxfam. A typical volunteer shift is four hours long (10am – 2pm or 2pm –…

Pop-Up Reading

On Monday the 23rd of March we will be hosting some students from Middlesex University who will be reading some of their original work. We hope this will be a fun few hours in which the shop will be filled with the sound of new ideas and innovative writing. They will be with us between 1pm…

Dava Sobel

The Planets by Dava Sobel My planet fetish began, as best I can recall, in third grade, at age eight – right around the time I learned that earth had siblings in space, just as I had older brothers in high school and college. The presence of the neighbouring worlds was a revelation at once…

Janet Lewis

Girl Help by Janet Lewis (from The World Split Open, edited by Louise Bernikow) Mild and slow and young, She moves about the room, And stirs the summer dust With her wide broom. In the warm, lofted air, Soft lips together pressed, Soft wispy hair, She stops to rest. And stops to breathe, Amid the…