March Author Talk

Come join us on Wednesday 4th March to hear Ann Granger talk about becoming a crime writer and how the crime writing genre has developed and changed over time.

Ann Granger is a British crime writer who has published over 30 crime novels.

Coffee will be served from 10.30 am the talk will begin at 11am.

The talk is free but donations are always welcome.

February Rhyme time

Join us on Monday 10th February for our monthly Rhyme Time session which is aimed at very young children (pre-school) including babies.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please see image for details.

These sessions are free but donations are always welcome.

Half Term Author Event!

Do come join us on the 19th February when Jackie Holderness will be reading her delightful story “The Princess who Hid in a Tree”.

Tickets are available from the library and are FREE. Spaces are limited and tickets are essential (no entry without tickets).

All Children, with a parent/carer, are welcome, and the event is free. See image for further details.

Our “Best Reads” of 2019

Every December Kennington Library’s monthly author/coffee talk slot is devoted to discussing the books that those present have enjoyed that year.

In 2019 the books discussed, by Kennington Library readers and friends, were very varied covering fiction and non fiction from different eras, countries and perspectives.

Click here to download our shortlist of our ‘best reads’ of 2019

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we have!

Just a few of our recommended reads, see the full list for many more.

February News & Events

Quiz Night! Saturday 29th February

Join us on Saturday 29th February for a fun evening of quizzing.

Buy a ticket for yourself or organise a team of 6. The quiz covers a very wide range of topics so there is something for everyone.

Tickets are £10 and include food and a glass of wine. Tickets are available from the library and this event has sold out in previous years so get them soon!

“But I am not very good at quizzing…” It doesn’t matter! It is still fun, and just one right answer that no-one else on your team knows can make all the difference! Do come along.

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

Calling all writers and potential writers!

We are pleased to let you know that Oxfordshire Libraries’ eBook short story competition is to run for a sixth year.

This year’s competition will open for entries – which as usual should be 500-3000 words long – slightly later than last year, on Friday 3 January. Full details, including instructions for submitting a story, are now on the website. The closing date for entries is 29 February 2020.

FOKL AGM Minutes

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Kennington Library took place on Friday 14th June, 2019. To read the minutes please click here.

FOKL Logo Competition Winners

In late 2018 we launched a competition to design a new logo for the Friends of Kennington Library (FOKL). This competition was open to anyone aged under 25 and we received a raft of wonderful entries.

After much deliberation we chose this wonderful logo by Claire Whittaker who won our main prize of £50.

The three runners up were
Caidan, Conor and Alexandra who each won a signed book by Korky Paul.