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.

Kensington Central Library – May 2013

Kensington Central Library
Kensington Central Library

Welcome to our May 2013 blog post. We’ve lots of events happening at Kensington Central Library in next few months for adults and children – check out our events page for full details.

Adult Learners' Week 2013
Adult Learners’ Week 2013

This week is Adult Learners’ Week so if you fancy trying a new skill such as creative writing or hand sewing – take a look at our taster sessions happening in Kensington Central Library. And there’s more information about this festival of learning on the Adult Learners’ Week website.

Fit to Rule – How Royal Illness Changed History

Fit to Rule book display
Fit to Rule book display

This month we have a special display of books to support the recent BBC TV series, ‘Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History’. This series was by Dr Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.

Fit to Rule book display
Fit to Rule book display

In the series, Lucy Worsley argued that the success of kings and queens was dictated less by their strengths, than by their weaknesses.

Fit to Rule book display
Fit to Rule book display

You can use this collection to make up your own minds, not only by reading the biographies of a range of monarchs, but also by comparing how they handled their illnesses with contemporary books on the same topics.

Did you know?
William III suffered from asthma – he bought Nottingham House in the village of Kensington so that he had a residence close to London which was surrounded by fields and so had clean, fresh air – this house would eventually become Kensington Palace.
George II suffered a heart attack  – whilst having a hot chocolate as he sat on the toilet in Kensington Palace!

For more facts like this – come and see our special display.

There’s a more information about the series on the BBC website.

Jodie Green, Lending Librarian
Jodie Green

Jodie Green

Lending Librarian

Pirates story and craft session

Pirate time!
Pirate time!

Ahoy, me hearties! This month’s story and crafts session was all about pirates! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

My Gran is a Pirate by Val McDermid
My Gran is a Pirate by Val McDermid

We started off a lot fuller then before, with growing levels of kids and parents, after a lovely read by Gemma of “My Gran is a Pirate” by Val McDermid, we continued by making pirate hats.

Pirate hats!
Pirate hats!

Was all the mess at the end worth it? Yes! Both the kids and parents as well as myself and Gemma had a great laugh with the whole crafts section. An all round great session, with lots of smiling faces, laughter and pirate lingo!! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh me matey.

Haider Ali
Haider Ali

Haider Ali

Customer Services Assistant