As part of The KU Big Read there will be events taking place at and surrounding the university. Some of these are specifically open to our new students and staff, whereas others are available to members of the local community also.
Look out for a range of events including book discussion groups, author events, open debate sessions surrounding the themes within the book and much more.

An Audience with Gail Honeyman

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  • When:Wednesday 24 October 16:00-18:00
  • Venue:Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road
  • Speaker:Gail Honeyman
  • Tickets:Book online (free)

Author of the KU Big Read 2018 Gail Honeyman is visiting Kingston to talk about her book Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine and answer questions. Tickets are free but do please book one to enable us to ensure everyone gets a seat – we are expecting high demand so please book early. Remember to bring your book along for signing!
All welcome.

Past events

An Audience with Kit de Waal

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  • When:Wednesday 25 October 13:00-14:00
  • Venue:Monckton Lecture Theatre (Ground Floor),
    St Georges University London,
  • Speaker:Kit de Waal

As part of this year’s KU Big Read, author Kit de Waal, joins us for an afternoon session to answer your questions, talk about this year’s KU Big Read title My Name is Leon and her inspiration as an author as well as signing your books after the event.
All welcome.

An Audience with Kit de Waal

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  • When:Wednesday 25 October 17:00-19:00
  • Venue:Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road
  • Speaker:Kit de Waal

As part of this year’s KU Big Read, author Kit de Waal, joins us for an afternoon session to answer your questions, talk about this year’s KU Big Read title My Name is Leon and her inspiration as an author as well as signing your books after the event.
All welcome.

'My Name is Leon' Balloon Debate

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  • When:Wednesday 15 November 18:00-20:00
  • Venue:Clattern Lecture Theatre, Penrhyn Road
  • Speaker:Various colleagues

Various colleagues from across Kingston University debate how Kit de Waal’s 'My Name is Leon', this year’s title chosen for The Kingston University Big Read, relates to their research, teaching and administrative roles – and how they responded personally to the experience of sharing a book with so many others.
All welcome.

An Audience with Lemn Sissay

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  • When:Wednesday 21 February 14:00-16:00
  • Venue:Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill
  • Speaker:Lemn Sissay

This year’s KU Big Read features My Name is Leon, a moving story about a boy’s progress through the care system. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer an associated event with Lemn Sissay, one of the UK’s best known care-leavers.
Lemn Sissay, MBE is the author of several books of poetry as well as articles, records, public art, and plays. He was the official poet for the London Olympics in 2012, for the FA Cup in 2015 and his edition of Desert Island Discs was 'Pick of the Year' for BBC Radio in 2015. His Landmark Poems are installed throughout Manchester and London in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall and the Olympic Park. Bishop Desmond Tutu unveiled his poem 'Gilt of Cain'. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Manchester.
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Opportunities to talk about 'My Name Is Leon':

Tuesday 19 September
Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Business School room BS3035 12noon – 1pm
Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Business School room BS3035 4pm – 5pm
Roehampton Vale campus, Hawker Wing room HW202 10am – 11am
Roehampton Vale campus, Hawker Wing room HW202 1pm – 2pm
Wednesday 20 September
Penrhyn Road campus, John Galsworthy building room JG3004 10am – 11am
Penrhyn Road campus, John Galsworthy building room JG3004 2pm – 3pm
Knights Park campus Reception 11am – 12noon
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September
Freshers’ Fayre, Penrhyn Road campus from 12noon