Our Libraries - Reimagining their future

Isis Amlak hosts guest panellists Edward Daffarn of the Friends of North Kensington Library, Stephanie Schonfield from Kensal Rise Library and librarian Shaun Condon.

Isis has been active in local democracy and community organising for most of that time and is a seasoned activist and campaigner, passionate about racial and social justice, dating back her days as an Anti-Apartheid, Non-Stop Picketer, in the late 80s. She sits on the board of the Octavia Foundation.


Panellists & Artists

Edward Daffarn

Member of Friends of North Kensington Library and Grenfell United

Margaret Bailey

Helps to run Kensal Green Library

Shareefa Energy

Shareefa Energy is a poet, spoken word artist, writer, and poetry and creative writing workshop facilitator. She is of Indian heritage, from working-class Highfields in Leicester. London has been her home since 2010. She is known for her impactful work in London and beyond as a activist, educator and performer.

Her poetry has featured on BBC’s One Show, Channel 4 and ITV, and published in i-D magazine and various publications. Shareefa has performed at Poetry Meets Hip Hop in Berlin and festivals including the Verve Festival and Flamenco Festival. She also performed as a guest for the BBC Radio 1Xtra Words First 2019. She was awarded with the UK Entertainment Best Poet 2017 Award and shortlisted for the Eastern Eye Arts, Culture & Theatre 2019 Award by the Arts Council. She has facilitated creative writing and poetry workshops internationally, from Palestine to Sierra Leone, with children in primary schools to lecturers in universities. She was artist in residence at North Kensington Library for the Apples and Snakes Spine Festival 2018 and 2019.

Shaun Condon

RBKC Bi Borough Library Service

Public Participation


If possible use ear piece with microphone to get the best sound quality. Connect to your internet via a wired connection not wifi.


By agreeing to speak at this event you understand it will be live streamed to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and made publicly available afterwards, unless there is good reason, but we hope to avoid such scenarios.


The following measures will be used in all sessions to ensure that all participants including children and young people are protected while taking part in our event.

Abusive or inappropriate behaviour by any other attendee at the event will not be tolerated and the offending person will be immediately removed from the session and potentially referred to the appropriate authorities.

At no point will children and/or young people be in one-on-one conversation with any single other person. There will always be a Host/ Co-Host or representative of one of the youth organisations (all of whom have safeguarding policies in place) present.

Although we recognise that being able to see one another helps sessions feel more interactive and personal, we respect that some people including children and/young people may wish to turn their video feed off, or parts of it. They can do this using the “Stop Video” button at the bottom of their screen.

Thank you!