Special events for adults

Information about events for adults at your libraries in the borough. Booking is required for most events.

Special events for adults

We host a variety of special events and workshops in our libraries for adults throughout the year such as author events, history talks and craft workshops.

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You can book to attend an event by emailing libraries@rbkc.gov.uk, phoning Librariesline on 020 7361 3010 or registering online if the event is on Eventbrite.

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Special events for adults: highlights

Meet actor Robert Gillespie

Actor Robert Gillespie celebrates a pivotal time in British theatre with his new memoir, 'Are You Going to Do That Little Jump?' He has starred in sitcoms such as Keep It In The Family, Rising Damp, Porridge, and Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads; and has worked with actors including Richard Burton and Claire Bloom amongst many others.

In a performed reading, Robert gives hilarious, poignant, and at times provocative assessment of the profession that has been his life’s work. If you love theatre, if actors enthral you, if you adore inside stories - this talk is for you.

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The Suffragettes with Ian Porter

Join Ian Porter as he presents a overview of the women’s suffrage movement. He will explore the main events that defined the movement, the main characters involved and imprisonment and force feeding.

We will also talk about how the vote was finally won and the impact of Mrs Pankhurst and her Suffragettes.

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Demystifying astrology

Astrology evokes much controversy - ridicule, scepticism and fascination in equal parts. But it also commands respect, sometimes from surprising quarters.  If you are curious to learn about your inner time keepers and natural diaries and how they link to the planetary cycles then come along to this talk by Ysanne Lewis.

Ysanne will draw on her four decades of experience in this field to discuss the links with genetics, psychology, the business world and the timing of events. She will outline research that shows how we can apply astrology to our day to day life.

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Subterranean city - talk with Antony Clayton

Author Antony Clayton returns with an illustrated talk about the inverted city beneath our streets. This subterranean world includes lost rivers, utility subways, ‘ghost’ underground stations and government bunkers and tunnels.

The talk will also uncover some of the colourful folklore of underground London and explore legends of secret passages and tunnels.

Antony is the author of 'Subterranean city: beneath the streets of London', 'The folklore of London' and 'Secret tunnels of England: folklore and fact'.

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Sensation - with Isabel Losada

Author Isabel Losada talks about her latest book, 'Sensation: adventures in sex, love and laughter'. In a mixture of stand up comedy, inspirational and motivational talk, vulnerable confessional storytelling and an anonymous audience Q&A, this will be an entertaining evening.

This event is for both men and women - whether you have been married for 40 years or are happily single - brush off your inhibitions and be prepared for honesty and laughter. Bring questions - everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. Don't worry, questions can be written down and so will be anonymous, no need to say anything out loud.

This event for adults aged 18 and over.

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The power of words - with Sarah Matthias

Join us on World Book Night when Sarah Matthias will talk about how she came to write her novel, A Berlin Love Song, which was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018.

The book explores a relationship between a boy in the Hitler Youth and a Roma gypsy girl during World War Two and is a moving story, offering an insight into the life of the Roma gypsies. Sarah's novel shines a light on what Angela Merkel has called the “forgotten holocaust”. Sarah will tell us about the research she did and what inspired her writing.

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Make your business tax efficient

Find out what you as a small business must do to comply with tax law and how you can manage taxes efficiently. We will explore different options available for setting up your financial affairs so as to comply, but also make best use of rules and regulations.

Whether you are a sole trader or a limited company, this talk with Sajid Syed and Paula Tomlinson will highlight the legal and operational issues you need to consider in order to run your business efficiently. By the end of the event you should have a good idea about:

  • Whether you should be a sole trader, a partnership or a limited company
  • What kind of pre-trading expenses you can claim
  • What records you should keep
  • Refund for losses
  • Voluntary vs compulsory VAT registration
  • How to use the tax system to attract investment
  • Claiming research and development expenditure.

About the speakers:

Sajid Syed is chartered certified accountant (ACCA) and he has more than 20 years of diverse international experience in both the private and public sectors.

Paula Tomlinson is a chartered accountant (FCA) and chartered tax adviser (CTA) with over 20 years experience of accounting and tax issues in practice as well as a corporate in-house adviser.

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We also have regular events for adults in our libraries.