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Novelist and wine consultant, Peter Stafford-Bow, reads from his cult novel Corkscrew – as simultaneously, wine merchant extraordinaire, Berkmann’s Alex Canneti, curates and hosts a wine-tasting to go with the reading.
Listen as you taste.
Audience Q&A, sober or not.

Advance £10 Tickets available NOW from Queens Park Books, Salusbury Rd,  and CD Food & Wine opposite library.

FKRL thumbnail_best final wine poster jpg May 2018

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FKRL Daniels & Elaine Triatholon May 2018

Blenheim Palace Triathlon June 3rd.

Our supporters and friends are going on the run…… and cycle and swim …..

Members of Daniels Estate Agents Kensal Rise team will be swapping their office suits for swimsuits in June when they take part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon in aid of the Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL).

We need about £70,000 to complete the refurbishment of the library: the children’s section; shelves; furniture.

They’ll be joining parents and supporters of the local Malorees Junior School’s Triathlon team on June 3 to take on the three-disciplined event.

Kyle Clark, Mat Plocharski, Umar Ahmed and Leigh Givnan, will all be taking part in their first triathlons which will see them take on a 5k run, 20k bike ride and a 750-metre swim. They will be well supported by Elaine Sheppard and Joanne Woodall from the Friends of Kensal Rise Library.

The event takes place within the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace and any money the Daniels’ Team raises will be donated to support the Friends of Kensal Rise Library’s ongoing efforts.
The Malorees’ Team will be fundraising to buy computer equipment for the school.

Kyle Clark said: “We were talking in the office about ways of raising money for the FKRL as we’ve been long-time supporters of them. Someone suggested doing something energetic and healthy and we were then approached by the Malorees’ Triathlon Team so their timing was perfect.

“We are all getting into training and trying to lose a few pounds where necessary. It’s a good event for a great cause and we’ll be doing our best on the day.”

Stephanie Schonfield from the Friends of Kensal Rise Library (FKRL) said: “We’re delighted that Daniels and FKRL  have taken up the challenge of the triathlon to raise funds for Kensal Rise Community Library. They are all longstanding supporters of what we are trying to achieve here, and we wish them lots of luck with their training efforts and on the day. I hope lots of people will be inspired to sponsor them.”

To sponsor the team’s efforts please visit:


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May 2018 Update

Our May Market on May 5th raised £925 towards our final refurbishment push.
We still need about £70,000 to completely finish the works – these include the children’s library, furniture and shelving.
We are getting there by raising funds through local events and grant applications.
Thanks to all who helped at the May Market, donated and attended to make it another very successful FKRL community event – strengthening our links with local schools, businesses and local radio, Kilburn 2 Kensal, as well as local residents.
There was a terrific exhibition of the winners and runners up from our Library Card Competition by students from Queens Park Community School and Capital City Academy. FKRL QPCS library card winners May 2018
The May Market had many elements, including a public consultation, an antiquarian book stall – and even a popular mini-massage retreat (!).
FKRL Paula & Doris head massage May Market 2018
Satisfied customers of the Massage Retreat!
A  recent application to Brent Council’s Love Where You Live has been successful and we have been awarded the maximum of £500. This will go towards our ‘Official Opening’ in September. Two other awards are pending decisions.
You can help our fundraising efforts by sponsoring our fantastic Triathlon Team at the Blenheim Triathlon.  The target is £2,000; the current total is £430.  It’s easy to sponsor –  just click on this link:
As well as these fundraising events the library is also available for hire and we have had our first customers and bookings as far as November, including NHS Well-Being Workshops.
We have also held our first ‘Storytime’ in the library, with children from a local nursery.
Our May Market efforts were part of the ‘Community Business Weekend’, run nationally by Power to Change – which has previously awarded us £75,500.

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MAY 5th Market

FKRL May 5 final poster jpg
As well as  over 20 stalls and a ‘mini-massage retreat’, the May Market will include an exhibition of QPCS and Capital City students’ entries for our library-card competition. Entries were  judged by Paul Stolper, who represents some of the country’s most famous living artists e.g. Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Brian Eno.
The library-card competition is sponsored by Queen’s Park Books.
This is an exciting collaboration between Kensal Rise Community  Library, local schools and business – and the contemporary British art scene.

Kensal Rise Community Library receives no public funding, but has to generate its own revenue – so with the May Market on Saturday May 5th, it is joining other community businesses around the country to celebrate the third annual Community Business Weekend.

Aimed at shining a light on the 7,000 community businesses across England, Community Business Weekend offers a unique opportunity for local people to visit and see how they can get involved.


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Lionel Shriver – Sunday 28 January

Award-winning writer, Lionel Shriver, will be talking to fellow author and journalist Tim Lott.
FKRL Lionel Shriver cropped pic, by Eamonn McCabe dec2017

A prolific journalist, Lionel Shriver has authored twelve novels, including the bestsellers The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Big Brother, So Much for ThatThe Post-Birthday World, and the Orange-Prize winner We Need to Talk About Kevin (a 2011 feature film starring Tilda Swinton). She won the 2014 BBC National Short Story Award. Her novella and story collection Property is scheduled for spring 2018.  Her work has been translated into 30 languages. Lionel will also answer questions and sign her books.

19.30 – 22.00 pm St Martins Church, Mortimer Rd Kensal Green,
NW10 5SN
Bar and nibbles available.
All proceeds go to Kensal Rise Community Library.
(Photo: Eamon McCabe Harper Collins)

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Poems and Song Night Dec 3rd 2017

A starry cast perform their favourite seasonal readings and song.

FKRL 3 person pic 2 July actors night June 2017

Actors: Lucy Cohu; Ben Miles; Tamsin Greig; Haydn Gwynne; Rick Leaf; Emily Raymond; Stephanie Schonfield.

Radio 6 DJ Gideon Coe; Guardian columnist Tim Lott

Singers: Robin Tyson; Janice Kelly.

Plus Allen Samuels.

7.30 pm St Martin’s Church 132 Mortimer Rd NW10 5SN

Bar, refreshments, raffle.

Tickets £12 on the door and at Eventbrite Poems and Song Night Dec 3rd 2017 

All proceeds go towards the refurbishment and running of the library.

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Indoor Market a great success!

5 November  2017 – A terrific feeling of community as residents use the library space.

Local residents thronged the soon to be refurbished library space selling and buying – from cakes and coffee supplied by the Kensal Green Under Fives Community Nursery to delicious pumpkin soup from Nadia.

Vintage clothes, crochet, plants, jewellery, books – there was a bit of everything!

We raised nearly £1000 towards the library refurbishment.

The space, both indoors and out, was vibrant – a great community turnout!

FKRL Indoor Sale outside Nov 2017

The library plaza in use again!

FKRL Indoor Sale Mo and kids Nov 2017

Local dad Mohamed with Hussein and Mariam.

FKRL indoor sale inside crowds Nov 2017

Looking for bargains.


Nadia with her brilliant pumpkin soup.

(Pics: Allen Samuels and Pedro A Perez)

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1st July  Open Day in the library 2nd July Actor’s Night Fundraiser.

                FKRL Marcus at the Open day July 2017FKRL Open Day 2017

Open Day in the library. The local community gets to view the library space before our works begin. Very emotional being inside after so long.

Actor’s Night Fundraiser: brilliant night of words and music. We raised over £3,000 for the library. Thank you to all the cast for such a wonderful performance and their continued support.

Tamsin Greig, Paterson Joseph, Ron Cook, Rick Leaf, Haydn Gwynne, Lucy Cohu, Stephanie Schonfield, Ben Miles, Emily Raymond, Gideon Coe, Tim Lott, Robin Tyson and Friends.

Actors Night whole cast cropped 2 July 2017

(photos: M Bailey and F Mulaisho)

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Tamsin Greig, Lucy Cohu, Ron Cook, Hadyn Gwynne, Paterson Joseph, Rick Leaf, Ben Miles, Emily Raymond, Stephanie Schonfield, DJ Gideon Coe, Counter tenor Robin Tyson, Novelist Tim Lott!

Back by popular demand – Sunday 2 July 2017


FKRL cropped poppy pic for July 2017Audiences have loved our live performances of literature by award-winning local actors. We are delighted to welcome them back on Sunday 2nd July at St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Road (just 2 minutes from Kensal Green tube).

The evening is very much an ensemble affair with a cast of award-winning  locals that include actors: Lucy Cohu, Ron Cook, Tamsin Greig, Hadyn Gwynne, Paterson Joseph, Rick Leaf, Ben Miles, Emily Raymond, Stephanie Schonfield and also Radio 6 DJ Gideon Coe, Counter tenor Robin Tyson and novelist/Guardian columnist Tim Lott.

Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
Also a raffle, bar and nibbles!
Advance Discount Tickets at £10 are available from C&D Food and Wine (opposite Kensal Rise Library) Queens Park Books (Salusbury Road) and Daniels Estate Agents (Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise). £12 on the door.
Or online at Eventbrite:

All proceeds will go directly to the library.

FKRL 3 person pic 2 July actors night June 2017

(Pics:R. Glendinning; Allen Samuels)

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