Kennington Library Author Talks – 2017
These free talks take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 11.00 – 12.00. Please come for coffee from 10.30. Everyone is welcome!
January: No meeting
February 1st: Linora Lawrence. Linora will speak about Percy Manning, a passionate collector of artefacts and manuscripts relating to Oxfordshire. The centenary of his death, in February 2017, will be marked in Oxford by four co-ordinated exhibitions and a concert.
March 1st: Francesca Kay. In 2009 Oxford author Francesca won The Orange Prize for New Writers with her first novel, An Equal Stillness. Her second, The Translation of the Bones was long listed for the 2012 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her third, The Long Room, was published in January 2016.
April 5th: Andy Severn. Kennington resident Andy, the director of Oxford eBooks, is renowned in the writing world for his eBook publications and a growing list of admirable paperbacks. His talk will outline the huge changes in publishing, including the technology of the digital world and instant downloading onto reading ‘appliances’.
May 3rd: Sylvia Vetta. Author of Oxford Castaways 3 (for Sobell House): Interested in writing your life story? This is a chance to discuss how to begin.
June 7th: Michael Smith. Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews. As Nazism tightened its grip on Germany, Jews found themselves trapped and desperate. For many lucky ones their salvation came through a small, bespectacled British man: Frank Foley. Foley is a story of courage and quiet heroism in the face of great evil.
September 6th: Oxford Writers Group. Publishing as OxPens, the group have enjoyed immense success with four volumes of short stories, all set in Oxford, and endorsed by Colin Dexter. Having sold over 3000 copies, this fifth volume carries on the tradition, covering topics of town and gown, past and present.
October 4th: Marissa de Luna. Still in her early thirties, Kennington resident, Marissa, has enjoyed huge success with five novels. Her two most recent, Under The Coconut Tree and The Body in the Bath, are set in Goa, and feature the intriguing Goan Detective, Inspector Chupplejeep. A third in this cosy crime series is on its way.
November 1st: Marcus Ferrar. A Foot in Both Camps: a German Past for Better and for Worse. A former Reuters correspondent in Germany and Vice-Chairman of The Dresden Trust, Marcus comes to terms with having a British father and a German mother. A view of Germany, past and present, seen through personal eyes.
December 6th: The Best Reads of 2017. Kennington Library’s traditional Xmas meeting with mince pies and mulled wine.