I’m sitting in the gardens of Lea Bridge Library in east London. It’s late summer and I’m shaded by the tall trees, looking up at an intensely blue sky. With the red brick of the library, it makes for a wonderfully colorful palette. There’s a wooden climbing frame for children to climb and large rocks and plants of different heights, and from here I can see both the Victorian row houses and Lea Bridge Road, so it feels residential and This story is from Kinfolk Issue Fifty Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 44 Garth Greenwell The Cleanness author on always being an outsider. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Joekenneth Museau The Brooklyn poet on a mission to heal. Arts & Culture Issue 31 On the Balcony A view from the inside out. Arts & Culture Issue 31 Archive: Langston Hughes Neda Semnani charts the life of a merchant sailor turned Harlem literary colossus. Arts & Culture Issue 27 Finding Francis The relationship between talent and its discovery: a cautionary tale. Arts & Culture Issue 51 Emily Gernild The Danish painter breathing new life into an old medium.