Thanks to Kilburn Library & Preston Community Library, London

Readings, conversation & pierniki

I really enjoyed my author events at Kilburn Library and at Preston Community Library in London last week, arriving to very warm welcomes from organisers, members and library volunteers.

I read from and spoke about the writing of Are My Roots Showing? also going into my family history and what happened to my Polish parents during the war.

Are my Roots Showing?

There were some really interesting questions and comments too. One person thought I didn’t look Polish and someone else asked how I feel my Polish identity has changed over the years.

I also showed them my sequinned serdak (Polish national costume jacket) that I wore during many a Polish dance in the 70s. img_0159b

We also had some pierniki – spiced winter biscuits that I made and brought along. These went down a treat – the recipe is by Polish food writer @renbehan.

Pierniki pierniki

Thank you again to Sarah and Dorota at Kilburn Library (see below) who did a brilliant job organising everything…

Dorota, Karola and Sarah at Kilburn Library

As did the members and volunteers at Preston Community Library (see below). People shared some very moving testimonies about their experiences in the war and what Poland was like under Communism. It was a real privilege to see people open up.

Author event with Karola Gajda at Preston Community Library

Also… a big thank you to my agent Geraldine Cooke who made the whole thing possible.

See what else is on at Kilburn Library (42 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6NN, Queen’s Park tube) via @brentculture and for events at Preston Community Library (Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, HA9 8PL Preston Rd tube) see @prestonlib.

Events this week: Kilburn Library & Preston Community Library

Book readings at Kilburn Library & Preston Community Library

I’m delighted to announce that this Thursday 17 November I’ll be reading from my novel Are My Roots Showing? at Kilburn Library (6.30pm) and at Preston Community Library on Friday 18 November (1pm).

I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone and talking about the book, how I wrote it and about my Polish Yorkshire background. I’m donning my apron this morning to make some spiced Polish gingerbread, ‘pierniki‘ to bring down. ‘Pierniki‘ are around all year in Poland but most popular at Christmas. We had them a lot at home as I grew up so I hope everyone likes them too.

Many thanks to Sarah Smith (Libraries Development Manager) at Kilburn for inviting me and to all the volunteers at Preston Community Library too for arranging my visit, along with my agent Geraldine Cooke. Preston Library was closed in 2011, along with 5 other Brent libraries, but I’m delighted to say it is now the volunteer-run Preston Community Library. May it go from strength to strength.

Thursday 17 November 6.30pm @ Kilburn Library: 42 Salusbury Road, Kilburn NW6 6NN @brentculture


Friday 18 November 1pm @ Preston Community Library: Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, HA9 8PL @prestonlib

You can purchase my novel, set in Warsaw, and called Are My Roots Showing? here.

My book comes out on 25 May 2016

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