1st July Open Day in the library 2nd July Actor’s Night Fundraiser.
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.
(photos: M Bailey and F Mulaisho)
Back by popular demand – Sunday 2 July 2017
Audiences 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: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tamsin-greig-and-co-stars-tickets-35036996600?aff=es2
All proceeds will go directly to the library.
(Pics:R. Glendinning; Allen Samuels)
Kensal Rise Library Actor’s Night
Back by popular demand – Sunday 27th November
Audiences have loved our star-studded, live performances of poetry and literature by award-winning local actors. So we are very pleased to welcome them back on Sunday 27th November at The Masons Arms pub, Harrow Road. Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.
Performers include Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Samantha Spiro, Ron Cook, Richard Leaf, Stephanie Schonfield, plus Radio 6 Music DJ Gideon Coe, award-winning writer and Guardian columnist Tim Lott, and Allen Samuels.
There will also be a raffle!
Tickets at £10 are available in advance from C&D Food and Wine (opposite Kensal Rise Library) and Daniels Estate Agents (Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise).
All proceeds will go directly to the library.
For our third Annual Mark Twain Lecture we have Ali Smith, author of Public Libraries and Other Stories, (Kensal Rise Library gets a mention) and winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Literature in 2015 for her book, How to be Both.
This lecture will take place at 7pm in St Martin’s Church, Mortimer Rd, Kensal Green on Sunday 6Nov.
Tickets are available from Eventbrite:
Tickets, £10, also available locally at: Daniels Real Estate, 77 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10, and Queens Park Books NW6.
Jon Scott and Space UK blew the roof off last Sunday and got everyone up and moving to their funky beat! They played soul covers, as well as their own new numbers at our Live Soul Night on July 17th, in aid of our Big Fundraising Drive to refurbish, equip and operate Kensal Rise Library. Much dancing, drinking and fun had by all – taking us even closer to achieving our phase 1 fundraising target of £80,000.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event, to our lovely volunteers and to Berkmann Wines for donating some of the fine wine.
Special thanks go to Queens Park Community School’s retiring Headteacher, Mr Mike Hulme, for hosting us – and for all the other 100-and-1 things he has always done to help our events run super-smoothly and have such impact on the night. (Mike even found time to rig our stage lights!) We deeply value our partnership with QPCS and look forward to it continuing and expanding. Meanwhile, we send Mike our warmest wishes for his ‘retirement’, and are delighted that he has agreed to continue being an FKRL Trustee.
We also thank Daniels Estate Agents for their generous and continuing sponsorship and support.
On Sunday 17th July at Queens Park Community School, Kensal Rise Library presents an evening of live soul music. Tickets cost just £10 and all the proceeds will go to the big fundraising campaign to refurbish the library.
Alternatively, tickets are available for purchase from C & D Food and Wine (62 College Road, Kensal Green, NW10 5ET) and Daniels Estate Agents (77 Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, NW10 3ND).
The evening features Afro-Soul singer songwriter Jon Scott, and contemporary eight piece band Space UK.
Nigerian-born London-based Afro-soul optimist Jon Scott describes his music as feel good pop-soul. Scott’s musical journey began as a child in Lagos, taking in the kaleidoscopic clash of sounds that engulfed him as he walked through the Nigerian city streets. ‘Its not records in stores and supermarkets like it is here. If you’re walking down a Lagos street the shops are cheek to jowl. One minute you’re hearing hi-life, the next minute Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Abba… you’re hearing everything at once, including the local Afro-Beat’.
Space UK are an eight-piece band made up of players, singers, writers and producers at the very top of their game. They are the only band of their kind to offer a MOBO winner and international number 1 chart-topper as a core member featured vocalist. Space UK’s founder members are long established songwriters and producers for all the major labels, with a long list of pop, dance, classical, TV and feature film credits.
£10 (plus booking fee when bought online)
7.30pm, Sunday 17th June
Venue: Queens Park Community School, Aylestone Ave, NW6 7BQ London
Kensal Rise Library is participating in our first joint event with the Brent Library Service!
Come along and hear about our plans for re-opening the library, and about community libraries in Preston, Barham Park and Cricklewood, as well as news from the Brent Library Service. Share your views on the library service in Brent.
Saturday 2nd July 2016 at Willesden Green Library from 10.30am to 1pm, library news update11am to 11.30am.
Roald Dahl craft workshop for children at 11.30am. Chance to visit the Brent Archive Search Room 12.30pm. Free prize draw.
Ida Restaurant is hosting a very special evening in aid of Kensal Rise Library on Tuesday, July 12th 2016.
Enjoy a three-course meal with vegetarian options for £35 and Ida will donate £10 from every meal to the library.
PLUS Berkmann Wines will donate ALL wine proceeds to the library.
The menu will consist of a mixed starter with several vegetarian options. Guests choose a main course, and dessert will be a selection for all to share.
Award-winning Ida is a neighbourhood Italian restaurant that daily makes its own hand-rolled pasta. It’s situated in a pretty, Grade II listed, ex-corner-shop in Queen’s Park.
Please come at 7.30pm for drinks; dinner starts at 8.00pm.
To make a reservation phone Ida: 020 8969 9853
Ida’s address: 167 Fifth Avenue, Queen’s Park W10 4DT