Tuesday 7 May 7.30pm in Kensal Rise Library
John Sutherland is the author of Sunday Times bestseller, Blue: A Memoir: Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces
“A stark account of a talented police officer’s breakdown…a startlingly honest book ” – The Times.
John rose quickly to become Borough Commander in Southwark, having commanded armed sieges, saved lives and removed dangerous people from the streets. But in 2013, after a career of being at the centre of catastrophes, John suffered a breakdown.
The book asks some pertinent questions about what society expects of its police, and the human toll that takes. It invites us to think more deeply of what we ask of our police.
Audience Q&A, book-signing, refreshments and bar.
Tickets £5 Eventbrite and on the door: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/john-sutherland-in-conversation-tickets-58590001271
Join distinguished, award-winning author Maggie Gee in a discussion of her new novel, “Blood”.
13th April 3pm at Kensal Rise Library.
Tickets £4 on Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2KlOPC5 and at C&D Food & Wine College Rd NW10.
“…violent, sardonic, funny and fierce … written with style and dash, without pity, without fear.” Hilary Mantel
Audience Q&A, book signing, refreshments.
CHILDREN’S LIBRARY APPEAL LAUNCH!
Queens Park Councillor, James Denselow, is running the London Marathon for our Children’s Library Appeal. We are so grateful for his amazing effort!
Update: He has already raised over £1000 and now he has raised his target to £1,500!
James says: “After everything the library campaigners have gone through in the last few years, it’s brilliant to be able to help them. Theirs really has been a marathon campaign; I’ll just be running for a few hours.”
Please support – even £1 will help- on James’s My Donate page: mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/jamesdenselow
We are so much closer to becoming fully operational. Everyone’s waited so long and so much work has been put in to saving our library and creating a beautiful space. Now’s the time to help us finish the final plans by clicking on the link.
(Images: artist’s impression of children’s library at Kensal Rise and Cllr Denselow running for charity)
Author’s Talk Saturday 9 February 3pm
Like detective novels, urban fantasy, mystery, comics, wizards?
We will be hosting a talk in the library with Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London Series) and Andrew Cartmel (Vinyl Detective Series).
Ben Aaronovitch wrote for Doctor Who, before becoming a novelist. His best-selling Rivers of London novels (over a million sold) follow Peter Grant, a Met constable and apprentice wizard, as he solves crimes across London in a blend of urban fantasy, mystery thriller and comedy caper. The latest in the series, ‘Lies Sleeping’, has just been published.
Andrew Cartmel’s history as a comic writer led to a collaboration on several graphic novel spin-offs of Ben’s bestselling Rivers of London series. Andrew has also written his hugely successful Vinyl Detective series and has been script editor for Dr Who. Andrew is currently writing a stage play. He has also written extensively on how to become a script editor and television writer.
Question & Answer Session. Book Signing & Refreshments
Tickets Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2VyTzpI
Building and Works
We are continuing to work hard towards opening as a lending library. We are already open for venue hire and have hosted parties, meetings, workshops yoga classes and community activities like local councillors’ surgeries. If you would like to book one of our beautiful rooms please email: email@example.com
When we first got the building’s keys the space was little more than a building site. Today, after a lot of hard work, it looks stunning. However, we still have to build a children’s library, reception area, shelves and back office. Plus we have found damp in the smaller of the public rooms. So we have had to take up the floor there and are in discussions with the landlord and our insurer. We do not know currently, how long this will take to resolve.
It’s frustrating, but so much has been achieved already by the community to create a beautiful public space – and, soon, a lending library – at the heart of the neighbourhood. We have to raise money for everything we build and install inside the library space. We get no regular public funding from the Council or Government. To help us get there sooner, please donate on our BT MY Donate page: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/friendsofkensalriselibrary
Activities have been wide-ranging, from a Christmas Market attracting 460 visitors and stallholders (including the Mayhew Animal Home), to a Community Culture Concert featuring local talent of all ages and an opportunity to discuss our ‘Year of Culture’ artwork, and a Literary Wine-Tasting. These eclectic events have in common a wonderful, joyous community spirit, as people get together to actively engage with one another in their public space.
Forthcoming events include on Saturday February 9th at 3pm: a joint authors’ talk by novelists Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel. Both have written for Dr Who, as well their Rivers of London series. The event is a must for fans of crime fiction, London and Dr Who.
- We are hoping to start Story Time/Rhyme Time sessions in the New Year, aimed at the under-5s. It will be run by two local childminders and Kensal Green Under Fives Community Nursery.
- We are also hoping to offer local students free quiet study space for homework, as we wait for our building works to be completed.
Thank you to Joanna Marshall for the beautiful wreath for the library door.
All good wishes for the festive season and we look forward to seeing you all in the library in 2019.
Margaret and Stephanie
Book your stall for our magical Christmas Market in the heart of our friendly neighbourhood.
Seasonal gift ideas, new and vintage. Also food.
Sunday 2 December – 11-3 pm
To book your stall: cost includes Eventbrite fee.
Photo: Allen Samuels
2020 Brent Year of Culture
In the library on Sat Nov 3rd 2018 we discussed our contribution to the 2020 Brent Year of Culture.
The Community shared their thoughts as to what makes the neighbourhood unique. What is our sense of ourselves and place? What is our history? Where do we come from?
How do we express that and how do we record it?
Entertainment was provided by local talent, including children from Trinity Performing Arts, Molly Moody (Queens Park Singers), Jon Scott (jazz and blues singer), Dimitri Van Zwanenberg (violinist) and others.
Refreshments provided by the wonderful volunteers of Kensal Rise Library.
Photos: Audience, Violinist and Harpists, Allen Samuels
First time in the library!
Our ever popular cast of local actors and other talents supporting the library.
Still time to watch the World Cup and come to this event to calm down or celebrate, or both!
Tickets Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2u7PzPY or at C&D wines (opposite the library) or on the door £10