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Top five things to do in Hampstead and Highgate this week

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 April 2014

Nina Stibbe

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A talk with author Nina Stibbe, a rare interview with acclaimed pianist Stephen Kovacevich and Primrose Hill’s very own Easter “Egg-sperience” are just some of the things featured in our top five this week.

1. Thursday - Stephen Kovacevich

A rare evening with world-famous pianist and conductor Stephen Kovacevich as Burgh House in New End Square, Hampstead, continues its Lifelines series.

To be interviewed by BBC radio producer Piers Plowright, Kovacevich has entertained millions with his Beethoven and Schubert performances.

Born in Los Angeles to a Croatian father and American mother, he made his concert debut aged 11 and gained a scholarship in London with British pianist Myra Hess at age 17.

He has lived in London ever since and is now a resident of Hampstead.

Tickets £12 (£10 friends of Burgh House). Visit www.burghhouse.org.uk or call 020 7431 0144 to book.

2. Saturday - The Primrose Hill Easter Egg-sperience

The great Primrose Hill Easter Egg-sperience is upon residents once again, all in support of independent shops, artists and the Library and Community Association.

Promising Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo Peep and some famous Primrose Hill residents, the week of activities will see Easter themed activities, special “eggs-peditions” and prize draws.

A dozen local artists will also be providing clues for the special Easter Hunt, with a chance to win a luxury Primrose Hill Easter egg and many other prizes.

Kicks off on April 12, running until April 19. For more information email pheggsperience@gmail.com.

3. Monday - Nina Stibbe

Join author Nina Stibbe as she discusses her experiences as a nanny for London Review of Books editor of the London Review of Books Mary-Kay Wilmers in Gloucester Crescent during the 1980s.

In her book “Love Nina, Dispatches from Family Life” Stibbe reproduces letters sent home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny, where she spent nearly every dinnertime conversing with much-loved playwright Alan Bennett.

In her 20s and with a rural upbringing, she knew nothing about literary London yet found herself surrounded by some of the city’s bestmost well-known writers.

Theatre director Jonathan Miller, novelist Michael Frayn and writer Deborah Moggach - all were living in the area and became familiar faces.

The book and discussion - hosted by Primrose Hill Community Library in Sharpleshall Street - promises to give insight into the literary history of Camden Town and Primrose Hill.

Starts 7pm. Suggested donation £2.

4. Wednesday - Freud and Cancer

The deaths of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s friends, daughter and beloved grandson, together with his own cancer, had a huge impact not only on his mood but also his writing.

This is explored in a talk by psychologist and lecturer Martin Schmidt at the Freud Museum in Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead.

Starts 7pm. Tickets £10 (£7 concs).

Booking at freud.org.uk or 020 7435 2002.

5. Thursday - John Hegley

A unique blend of poetry, comedy and Morris dancing with performance poet John Hegley.

Hegley, born in neighbouring Islington, is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and has appeared on numerous TV shows including BBC’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

His poem “Malcolm” came second in a BBC survey to find Britain’s most popular comic poem, bested only by Spike Milligan.

He will be performing at Keats House in Keats Grove, Hampstead.

Runs from 7pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £10. Book on www.keatsevents.eventbrite.co.uk.

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