Opening the Box – Kensington Palace anthology launched

Kensington Palace anthology launch at Kensington Central Library
Kensington Palace anthology launch at Kensington Central Library

Kensington and Chelsea libraries and Historic Royal Palaces recently joined together to run a creative writing course.

The Tri-Borough Stock Team and Kensington Palace ran fortnightly sessions led by author, Tamara Pollock.  These sessions were aimed at beginners who wished to develop their writing talent and create original stories inspired by characters and tales from the history of Kensington Palace.  At the end of the course 13 participants submitted stories which were collected together and published in an anthology entitled ‘Stories From Kensington Palace’.

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‘Stories From Kensington Palace’ contributors with the book

On Thursday  23 May the writers came together to celebrate the publication of the anthology at a launch event held at Kensington Central Library.   The boxes of the newly printed and just delivered books were opened and the authors saw their work in print for the very first time. 

Author Tamara Pollock and Kim Klug from Historic Royal Palaces unpack the books.
Author Tamara Pollock and Kim Klug from Historic Royal Palaces unpack the books.

A number of extracts were read out by the authors themselves and ideas for new stories and similar course and events were discussed.  Watch this space!

Reading from 'Stories From Kensington Palace'
Reading from ‘Stories From Kensington Palace’

The anthology is available for loan from all Kensington and Chelsea libraries.

Andy Norton
Andy Norton

Andy Norton

Tri-Borough Stock Librarian

More information

The launch made the front page of the Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle on Friday 31 May 2013. The article isn’t on their website but there’s information on the Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle website regarding where to collect a copy.

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The Chelsea Blog – May 2013

Chelsea Library
Chelsea Library

Welcome to the May blog post from Chelsea Library. Lots of exciting things have been happening in the reference library at Chelsea so over to the staff to tell us more….

Adult Learners’ Week 2013

Adult Learners' Week 2013
Adult Learners’ Week 2013

In Chelsea Reference Library last week we got involved in Adult Learners’ Week by teaching some classes about getting more out of online information. From finding online career advice that you can trust to using our online Berg Fashion Library, we have really enjoyed hearing about our student’s different interests and helping them to do more online! (To access the Berg Fashion Library you’ll need a Kensington and Chelsea library membership).

We will be running more classes soon, so if you are interested, check out what we will be teaching next on the library events page.

And speaking of the fashion library, having been to the cinema recently we were inspired to display some of our books on 1920’s fashion that are in our Costume Collection.

What Daisy Buchanan May Have Worn
What Daisy Buchanan May Have Worn

Great facts about Chelsea Reference Library

#2: The Chelsea Gallery

Chelsea Gallery
Chelsea Gallery

 Did you know Chelsea Reference Library has space to display art?

The Chelsea Gallery, which is ideally located on the Kings Road in the heart of Chelsea, is a perfect place to hold art exhibitions. The gallery has been showing a wide range of exhibitions of some fine artwork by artists based inside and outside the UK for over twenty years. To date, we have had talented artists from around the world, including the USA, Philippines, Turkey, Japan, Iran and more, showcasing their paintings, sculptures and other artwork in the gallery receiving much attention and praise from the public.

 Our gallery space is beautifully presented, spacious and can be hired at an affordable rate. Whether you happen to be an amateur artist or an accomplished professional, the Chelsea Gallery is a great place to showcase your artwork.

 To find our more about the gallery visit the  Chelsea Gallery page on our website and the gallery is on Facebook too.  

The Chelsea Reference Library Staff