The Brassey Institute, a library lives on… #Brassey #library #Victorians #history #books #culture #Hastings #art

This fine, extensively and carefully restored Victorian building, The Brassey Institute (see photo) is the Hastings local library and has just newly re-opened. It stands in the Bohemian quarter of Hastings, in the so-called area, America Ground, 5 minutes from the award-winning new Hastings Pier, beside record and music stores – Hastings loves its music scene too.

It was designed as a multi-purpose building (built 1878-81) for Thomas Brassey, a hugely wealthy railways man. As well as accommodation and private suites for himself, there was a Lecture Hall, Library, Museum and a School Of Art and Science.

In 1888 Mr Brassey presented the building to the town of Hastings.

Today, in 2018, 130 extraordinary years later, the Brassey Institute is a 21st century clean, interactive Library and has just accepted my first book,

‘The Case Of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V. Barnwell onto its beaming shelves.

Once again Hastings has battled to preserve its heritage and I am proud to be a part of its literature section and to entertain and enthral the next keen readers who come through its doors.

The mosaics above the entrance hall depict The Battle Of Hastings and the iron gates at the front are purportedly from St Paul’s Cathedral. There is history and culture all around. This library, from the history books, now lives on…

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For ‘the few’ a few words #remembrance #poppy #silence #war #WWI #November #Armistice

The 11th November is Armistice Day, pausing for a two minutes silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month. 
12-13th of November is Remembrance Weekend with special attention on the Sunday for full commemorative services across the country and across the world whether they take place in church, mosque, temple, abbey, at a memorial or at home.  

The Poppy is the symbol of a lost life at war.

Everyone has love, loved; loss, lost. Reflection and memories require time and attention and Emotion can sometimes be indefinable (poetry can help express what we struggle to find in simple words).

Whatever the conflict, feelings are universal.

Emotion has no boundary or divide; it instinctively unite us, wherever in the world you stand.

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American Ezine Review for ‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’ #review #novella #mystery #murder #online #ezine #AleisterStratton

Please tap the link below to read the latest review of my book ‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’
Direct from the American online magazine (ezine) One Roof Publishing.

http://wp.me/p1IcOU-TE

Signed copies of ‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V. Barnwell available from: 

http://www.aleisterstratton.com

http://www.grosvenorartistmanagement.com

http://www.katebarnwell.com

Or, the big buyers

http://www.amazon.co.uk and it’s American friend http://www.amazon.com

Good books in High places#travel #books #Spain #locations #photos #England #reading #foreign #mystery #worldwide

Taking a break from my world in soft, autumnal southern England and going to another world of granite, forested, undulating lands in southern Spain
Flying to foreign parts of foreign tongue and on the way reading a good fictional tale of English origin, ‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V.Barnwell.

It’s wonderful to be able to travel and to photograph your own book in some new, remote and distinctive locations. 

This photo was shot on a lonely, high castle cliff of a Pueblo Blanco in southern Spain, with the Mediterranean Sea & rock of Gibraltar to the South, the vast plains of Spain to the North, granite hills and farmlands to the West and to the East, cork, olives and oaks trees clinging to the cliffs. 

Quiet and solitary, with eagles and vultures circling above, the perfect setting for a dark mystery.

Wherever next?
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Buy the mystery http://www.aleisterstratton.com ‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’


Big News! #book #news #novella #cult #mystery #imagination #September #bookshops #London #Hastings #online #eBook

A cult mystery novella – released worldwide September 2016.

‘The Case of Aleister Stratton’ by K.G.V. Barnwell

An unusual name: Aleister Stratton; a mysterious quest for information; a chance discovery; the past and present merging. What caused this seemingly inexplicable death?

Imagine one morning you wake up and believe you have committed a murder.

At what point did the unconscious take over the mind and how much control can the conscious regain? What we do by day is one thing, how we pass the night is another.

How safe are we from the complexities of our mind?


“Stylish and beautifully written, combining elegance and gripping intensity; eye-catching and oft slyly satirical prose.”

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“An intriguing and compulsively good read.”
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Available NOW – signed copies from: 

http://www.katebarnwell.com

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See the original website http://www.aleisterstratton.com

Available as a book and ebook from Waterstones Bookshops ~ Amazon Worldwide ~ Ingrams.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please! #OperationSmile #Christmas #charity

Christmas is the time for giving and sharing and smiling.
I have been discussing a particular charity Christmas event since early July…so do not tell me it is too early to start ‘talking about it!’

The children’s charity Operation Smile is holding a Carols by Candlelight evening in two beautiful, old London churches:-

One in the heart of the city, St Boltolphs without Bishopsgate, Liverpool Street on Tuesday, 15th December, 2015.

The poet John Keats was baptised here in 1795 in the present font. While the city of London continues to grow higher and higher, allowing modern and expensive skyscrapers into its midst, this dear little church, the fourth since 1212, has suffered two World Wars and continues to stand its small ground.

And one in The Mayfair Church, South Audley Street on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015.

This church resembles a New England style church and was the American allies choice of worship and prayer during the 1939-1945 War. It also happens to be close to the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

So there you have two perfect English churches, with two different personalities yet united in presenting an evening of merry-making and money-raising for Operation Smile.

We have traditional carols, live music and special readings (poetry, prose, verse and books) by celebrated (I prefer this word to celebrity) guests, all by candlelight in these two-tiered, charming churches.

Then afterwards join the happy crowd for mince pies and mulled wine.

In the meantime the money raised from these evenings will continue to provide children born with clefts in the developing world the free, safe surgery they need.

So, in a (chest) nut shell! you are allowing these children to live and to smile; you have the opportunity and the ability to change their future forever. What could be better? The more the merrier.

Please come and join us, meet wonderful, dedicated people, and let’s raise the roof (metaphorically), raise a glass (carefully) and raise lots of money (literally)!

Thank You for reading, listening and sharing…

http://www.operationsmile.org.uk/carols
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Tobias Menzies and the world of re-tweets

This picture shows Tobias when he recorded my poetry…now can I just ask….whose heart doesn’t just slightly flutter when you see him like this….not in armour, not as Outlander, but just in a t-shirt, wearing glasses and reading romantic poetry…they’re looking for the new James Bond ….and I told him he should be getting himself in position to be considered for Craigys replacement…he LOVED the idea…we should get Bond film Producer Barbara Broccoli to get a sight of his more vulnerable side…what do you think?

New recordings!

tobiasI have had an incredible afternoon producing and recording the CD for my next book ‘Ever Truly Yours – Reflections on Love’ at Essential Music Studios in Soho, London.

I worked with two of my favourite actors, both truly charming, professional and very pleased to be part of the production.  Their voices and their interpretation have had a real influence on my work:

Tobias Menzies (BBC: An Honourable Woman, Game of Thrones).

Victoria Hamilton (Lark Rise To Candleford).

The next stage is music!  I am ready to add a small stream of music to some poems to further enhance their already extraordinary impact.

MAD museum!

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From December 2013 Kate’s poems are being featured in the MAD (Mechanics, Art and Design) museum in its new premises at

4-5 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6PT

www.theMADmuseum.co.uk

The poems are located in a specialist booth.  Using a touch screen you can listen via headphones to the entire CD of works!

The book and CD are available to buy in the museum shop.

Kate also wrote a special poem for the MAD museum which is printed on nearby posters and is also featured on the brochures which are distributed all over the local region.

The MAD museum is the only one of its kind in the UK, attracting over 200 visitors a day!  It is a wondeful example of creativity and design, encouraging innovative ideas with ingenius spirit.  Its founder is award winning entrepreneur Richard Simmons.

Stratford upon Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and home to the Royal Shakespeare Company.