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Kennington Library Coffee Talks – 2020

Talks:  11.00am to 12.00noon. Free coffee/tea and biscuits from 10.30am

February 5th Dave Richardson: A History of Oxford Pubs

Kennington-based Dave Richardson is editor of the Oxford Drinker, the local magazine of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The talk on his book Oxford Pubs will uncover the fascinating history of some of the city’s best known hostelries.

March 4th  Ann Grainger: A Life of Crime

Oxfordshire-based Ann Granger is the author of 36! best selling crime novels. Her talk will include how she became a crime writer, the differing types of crime fiction, and the development of the ever popular genre since the days of Agatha Christie to the present.

April 1st  Paul Campion: Hope and Glory:  The Proud Story of the Proms

‘The Proms’ have been an important part in the nation’s musical life since 1895. Paul’s talk includes the personalities who have performed, and he will play actuality sound and video recordings, from Tchaikovsky to Holst, Mozart to Elgar, Bizet to Parry.

May 6th Barbara Hudson: Barbara returns with her latest novel, Makeover

Set in Oxford, it focuses on the barriers raised by class, educational disadvantage, and snobbery; a woman who has suffered some hard knocks tries to turn her life around. Barbara has drawn on her experience as both a social worker and Oxford Don.

June 3rd  Betsy Bell: An Art Adventure in Southern France

Ex Kennington resident Betsy will talk about her book depicting the fascinating true story of Art in Situ, an art initiative founded by Betsy and her husband, David. It is a story of passion for art, of camaraderie among like-minded people and with descriptions of the art produced that will create lasting visual images in your mind.

September 2nd:  TBC

October 7th: The History of Radley Manor and the Village

Richard Dudding from Radley History Club was instrumental in producing the above publication, and will be enlightening us all about the history of our neighbouring village.

November 4th: Edward Maufe, Architect and Cathedral Builder

Juliet Dunmur, Edward’s granddaughter, will be talking about the amazing careers of both her eminent grandparents.

December 2nd: Christmas: Kennington Library’s traditional Christmas meeting, rounding up our recommended reads, with mince pies and mulled wine