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.

Register to attend an event

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

Dead Quiet: immersive theatre show

A tense immersive thriller about secret agents, forgotten love and coldblooded murder based in the library. Dead Quiet was written specifically for us and has been created with an exhilarating mix of historic facts and classic sixties crime stories.

Tickets are from £19 per show.

Book your ticket for Dead Quiet via the Immer-city website

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King of the cats

A detailed introduction to the mighty Panthera Tigris and why they should be protected. The talk covers everything from the fun to the macabre. You will learn truly astonishing facts about tigers, examine their reputation as man-eaters and whether such a term is applicable. Learn how you can do your bit for tiger preservation.

J S Jones, the author of Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! has been known as Jon-Jon since childhood. He was born and raised in the South Midlands and has lived in London since 2014. As well as classic adventure novels he also writes short stories, poetry and children's novels. Aside from tigers he is also interested in severe weather and intends to go stormchasing one day in the Tornado Alley. Jon-Jon is also a Black Widow bite survivor.

Book your free tickets for King of the cats via Eventbrite

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Dealing with stress, anxiety and trauma

How to overcome stress, anxiety and trauma and live a happier and more balanced life.

In this session you will hear about:

  • What causes stress, anxiety and trauma and how they affect our lives
  • How our childhood experiences shape our lives
  • The mind-body connection EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and how it can transform your health
  • Inspiring stories
  • Q&A

About the speaker: Edrina Rush is a certified Master Coach, EFT and Matrix Re-imprinting Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Health Coach with a background in various therapeutic and healing modalities. She is also a speaker, writer, trainer, workshop facilitator and broadcaster in the field of wellness, relationships and health. Edrina specialises in trauma releasing such as stress, anxiety, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of trauma; as well as incorporating positive behaviours of success.

She supports her clients’ health and wellbeing goals so they become empowered to live healthier, happier and more balanced lives.

Book your free tickets for Dealing with stress, anxiety and trauma via Eventbrite

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Social media for small businesses

This is a great opportunity to learn about social media tools and find out which might be most relevant to you and your audience. This interactive workshop will be led by the Business Solutions Centre at London South Bank University (LSBU). They will show you how to:

  • work out your goals
  • define your ideal customer group
  • discover which social networks they are using
  • plan what steps you'll take to reach your target audience.

The workshop will be followed by a 1 to 1 speed consultancy session, where the Business Solutions advisors will provide you with personalised help and social media tips for your business.

Book your free place for Social media for small businesses via Eventbrite

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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.

Book your free place for Make your business tax efficient via Eventbrite

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Meet Andrew Cartmel, The Vinyl Detective

Andrew Cartmel was the show runner on Doctor Who for the entire Sylvester McCoy seventh Doctor era. He has written many novels and graphic novels including the Dr Who comics Evening’s Empire and The Good Soldier. Andrew is currently collaborating with author, Ben Aaronovitch on writing the bestselling Rivers of London comics. 

He will be taking about his career and work and signing copies of his Vinyl Detective crime novels - Written in Dead Wax, The Run Out Groove and Victory.

Book your free place for Meet Andrew Cartmel - The Vinyl Detective via Eventbrite

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Beyond Windrush: tracing African Caribbean ancestry with Paul Crooks

Want to extend your family tree? Struggling to reach ancestors who lived before the birth of your grandparents? Paul Crooks, author and trailblazing genealogist with a specialist interest in Black history, will reveal his top tips to get you started.

You will come to understand yourself better as you embark on this remarkable and personal journey.

Book your free place to Beyond Windrush with Paul Crooks via Eventbrite

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Jazz harpist Jan Aldridge-Clark

American Jazz harpist, Jan Aldridge-Clark, brings her unique stylings of swing, bossa nova, blues, gypsy jazz and pop to the beautiful stage at Kensington Central Library. Backed by Coco and the Fellas, this promises to be an evening of energy, rhythm and fun.

Jan blends the sexy sounds of smooth jazz, latin jazz and relaxation into one delightfully aromatic pot of synergy - don't pass up this opportunity to see and hear her in action.

Book your free place for Jazz harpist Jan Aldridge-Clark via Eventbrite

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An introduction to social media for silver surfers

Are you a silver surfer? Would you like to learn more about social media?

The session is run by friendly library staff and will provide an overview of different social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

Book your free place for An introduction to social media for silver surfers via Eventbrite

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We also have regular events for adults in our libraries.