December 21, 2016 Karola Gajda

360 video of Preston Community Library event

My author event at Preston Community Library

You expect people at an author event, and questions, and tea and maybe even a glass of wine, but I certainly didn’t expect to be filmed in quite such a thorough and unique way as I was at my author event at Preston Community Library in Brent, north west London last month.

Film-maker and photographer Tim Woolford made a special 360 degree film of me sharing about and reading from my novel ‘Are My Roots Showing?‘ As far as I’m aware this has never been done in a library before. It means you can watch and swivel around to look at the audience and location, not just me!

There were about two dozen people at the event and what was really special was how quickly it became interactive. People with similar Polish backgrounds to mine started sharing their family history, often very movingly and with unexpected honesty.

Are My Roots Showing? is about British born Pole Magda who leaves her job in London to work and live in Warsaw and explore her Polish background.  Amid romantic sparks, and through looking after her dear old aunt, Magda also touches on some forgotten parts of Polish history such as the Siberian deportations. Her visit develops relationships old and new and shows that where there are Are My Roots Showing?, new shoots can grow.

The Yorkshire Post called it a ‘funny, heart-warming and often moving’ read.

Thanks Tim for a wonderful job!

Preston Community Library

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