Things To Do Today In London: Monday 9 September 2019

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Retired nurse turned author Christie Watson discusses mental health care

Things to do

ENFIELD SPITFIRE: Embrace your creative side at a painting workshop inspired by second world war plane, the Enfield Spitfire. Based on four enlarged photos of parts of the Spitfire, use acrylic paints to recreate it under the guidance of local artist Lisa Howes. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £15, book ahead, 6.30pm

ARTIST TALK: Artist and picture book maker Oliver Jeffers chats to Eliza Williams (editor of Creative Review) about his work, and the power of storytelling through art. It's also a chance to get a look at his new work, a fable called The Fate Of Fausto, which combines poetic prose with traditional printmaking techniques. Kings Place (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 7pm

THE STING: Dulwich Picture Gallery screens 1973 film The Sting, which stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Set in 1936, it's the story of two professional grifters trying to con a mob boss. A glass of wine, snacks and film notes are included in the ticket prices, but there's also a bar if you're particularly thirsty. Dulwich Picture Gallery, £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm

The Lasses perform live in Clerkenwell

MEDICAL LITERATURE: Patient care and mental health are under discussion as two award-winning writers appear on stage together. Mental health nurse Nathan Filer wrote The Shock of the Fall, which was named The Costa Book of the Year. Nurse Christie Watson is the author of bestselling book The Language of Kindness. Together. They discuss new ways of thinking about mental health, and of caring for mental health patients. Southbank Centre, £20, book ahead, 7.15pm

AUTHORS ON STAGE: National Theatre's Authors on Stage series continues with a conversation between bestselling author Fatima Bhutto and Guardian editor-at-large Gary Younge. They discuss the rise in nationalist politics worldwide, what extremism means, and how race and identity are playing a part. National Theatre, £15-£45, book ahead, 7.30pm

On The Border at Bertha DocHouse

HIDDEN BY CLOUDS: Icelandic poet Gerður Kristný performs Drápa. The Icelandic verse was penned when Kristný interviewed Bragi Ólafsson, at the scene where he had strangled his wife to death ten years earlier.  See the Old Viking Skaldic verse performed through chilling readings, musically accompanied by members of ALDAorchestra. Wilton's (Limehouse), £8-£16.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

BRITISH FILM: Forgotten and neglected British films and TV shows are given the spotlight they (sometimes) deserve, at this evening with veteran film curators and archivists William Fowler and Vic Pratt. Leave with a new appreciation for productions including unpopular Doctor Who serial The Trial of A Time Lord. Fowler and Pratt's new body The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film & Television is available to buy on the night. Conway Hall (Holborn), £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Get an insight into the flipside of British film and TV

THE LASSES: Folk singers Sophie Janna and Margot Merah pair up for a live gig of Celtic and American influenced folk music. Supported by bodhrán and guitar arrangements, hear the duo's voices working in harmony in an intimate gig.  The Slaughtered Lamb (Clerkenwell), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm

ON THE BORDER: Open City Documentary Festival continues with On The Border, a series of eight short films created in the last year, showcasing unexpected collisions between analogue and digital media. The works come from as far afield as Japan, Thailand and Iran, and the screening is followed by a Q&A with some of the directors. Bertha DocHouse (Bloomsbury), £12.50/£10, book ahead, 8.30pm

Tube ponderings with Barry Heck

Our resident tube fancier dishes out daily thoughts on the London Underground.

South Tottenham Overground roundel

My Roundel of the Week can be found along the Goblin line between Gospel Oak and Barking (which is currently free to ride). A beautiful bit of mosaic work, I think you'll agree. Now here's a challenge for TfL. How about a public competition to create a piece of roundel art for every station on the network? It'd certainly tick the 'community engagement' box, and help beautify our stations at the same time. Follow Barry on Twitter @HeckTube

Good cause of the day

Book ahead for Forty Hall's Nightingale charity ball on 20 September. Live music and entertainment, a drinks reception and a three-course meal are included in the ticket price, which raises money for local Enfield people receiving a cancer diagnosis. Find out more and book tickets.

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