November 25, 2016 Karola Gajda

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.

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