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K.N. Chimbiri

Kandace Chimbiri is the author of Black history books for children; Secrets of the Afro Comb,6,000 Years of Art and Culture, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt, Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush and The Story of the Windrush, a tribute to the Windrush Generation pioneers. Kandace was born in London, England in 1968 to parents from Barbados.

Motivated by a desire to help improve both children's literacy as well as their knowledge of history, Kandace founded her small publishing house Golden Destiny Ltd in 2009. Golden Destiny specialises in non-fiction titles for children, in particular Black history before mass enslavement.

Her books led directly to working with museums on exhibitions. She has worked with the V&A on Contemporary Kushite Kings and Queens (part of the Staying Power project in 2011), the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on the Origins of the Afro Comb (2013) and with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology on the Fusion of Worlds (2014).

She has given talks for adults and for children on African history as well as tours on African Artefacts in the British Museum, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and the V&A.

Events

Forthcoming events


Date Venue Details Special requirements
Saturday 13th
October 2018
5.30pm - 7.00pm
Jurys Inn Croydon, Wellesley Road, Croydon, South London, CR0 9XY Book Launch Party - The Story of the Windrush. Dress code - Windrush inspired! All welcome! To book click here.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Wednesday 24th October 2018
2pm – 4pm
New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3EN Children’s half-term Black History Month event
Come and meet the author, book reading followed by a Windrush-inspired activity. There will also be an opportunity to have your book signed by the author.
For ages 7 to 11. All adults must be accompanied by a child! Free but booking essential. Please click here to book.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Wednesday 24th October 2018
7pm -9pm
New Beacon Books, 76 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3EN Parents and teachers evening reception
Meet the author and hear how best to utilise this book in the classroom or in the home.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase books on the evening and have them signed by the author.
Adults only
£4.78
To reserve your place, please click here.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Friday 26th October 2018
4pm – 6pm
Park’s Edge Bar and Kitchen, 49 - 51 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AA Teachers Reception Evening Enjoy a glass of wine, meet the author, browse books and enjoy a short talk.
To book, please email your name and school to:
bookings@Parksedgebarandkitchen.com
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Saturday 10th November 2018
2pm - 3pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT Petrie Museum Tour.
An introduction to the museum’s collection of 8,000 objects covering more than 7,000 years of Nile Valley history which is so relevant for understanding Black History.
£10 per person. Please book your place via our Eventbrite link.
 

Past events


Saturday 4th
October 2014
3pm - 4.15pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, London, WC1E 6BT Museum Mystery Hunt – Great Lives from Ancient Africa
Join the hunt around the Petrie Museum to find the identity of famous and not so famous figures from Nile valley history. Can you find the object and work out the name? There is all to hunt for with prizes for winning entries. Clues set by writer K. N. Chimbiri.
Arrive at the museum at 3pm. The answers will be given out at 4.15pm.
All ages – families welcome. Free of charge.
Book by email events.petrie@ucl.ac.uk or telephone 020 7679 4138.
Date Venue Details Special requirements
5th - 9th
October 2014
Online Secrets of the Afro Comb, 6,000 Years of Art and Culture Blog Tour. Visit each of the participating blogs on the date indicated and leave a comment for your chance to win fabulous prizes including signed books, a limited edition print and your image portrayed in a forthcoming book!
 
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Sunday 5th
October 2014
Interview by Sis E and Giveaway.
The Calabash Hub
 
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Monday 6th
October 2014
Under the Spotlight and Giveaway.
The Natural Lounge
 
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Tuesday 7th
October 2014
Guest Post and Giveaway. Do you think the Afro was invented in the 1950s? Think again!
That Healthy Feeling
 
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Wednesday 8th
October 2014
United Kinkdom
 
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Thursday 9th
October 2014
TBC
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Saturday 11th
October 2014
First Annual Nubie Literature Festival, Reading Write and publish your own non-fiction books for children.
Join me as I share my mistakes, the challenges and the successes in creating three Black history books for children. This talk is for you if you want to know more about how to get started, develop your ideas and structure your book. Together we'll explore whether to go the self-publishing or traditional publishing route, how to find and work with illustrators, things to remember when writing for children and more!
This workshop is suitable for those interested in writing non-fiction for young Black readers, in particular Black history. Limited places.
To book contact the organisers via their website http://www.nubielitfest.com
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Sunday 19th
October 2014
2.30px - 5.30pm
Room B 35, Birbeck, University of London, Malet St (entrance on Torrington Square), WC1E 7JL African Hair Police: Death and Discrimination This audio-visual talk by Secrets of the Afro Comb author K.N. Chimbiri links these apparently unrelated topics; colonialism in Southern Africa, World War 1,The Stolen Generation, Hitler's Germany, the Black Power movement, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lupita Nyongo and everyday life for women of African descent in England.

We will cover:
  • What is African hair?
  • The role of hair in racism.
  • The Pencil Test
  • The Haarfarbentel 'racial value' hair scale test
  • Africans in Germany during World War 2
  • Genocide by sex. Australia vs Brazil
  • How and why African hair became devalued
  • Hair vs skin as a tool of discrimination
  • We will also have an extended Q and A on the policing of black people's hair.
Queen Nzingha series of lectures by NABSS and Black History Walks.
Link to Book
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Monday 17th
October 2011
6.30 - 7.30pm
Centerprise Bookshop, 136 Kingsland High Street, London,
E8 2NS
An insight into Old Kingdom Egypt with author, K.N. Chimbiri. Part of Word Power:
The annual Black Literature Festival & Book Fair.
Free but booking required. Email info@golden-destiny.com or call Centerprise on
020 7254 9632 to book your place.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Thursday 20th October 2011 6.30pm Croydon's Bistro
and Lounge Bar, Dooglebud's,
79 Whitehorse Road, Croydon, CRO 2JJ.
Book launch and book signing. K.N. Chimbiri discusses her latest book, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt with Robin Walker. For more information, prices and to book your tickets, please call
Jacinth Martin, CSEP on
020 8686 7865.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Monday 24th October 2011 3.45pm Rotherhithe Library, Albion Street, SE16 7HY Meet local children's author, K.N. Chimbiri, and enjoy colouring your own Kushite vase inspired by her book, Step Back in Time to Ancient Kush. Free of charge. Please email info@golden-destiny.com or call 07980 631 077.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Tuesday 25th October 2011
Time 2pm - 4pm
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT Family fun trail! Hunt for all the objects, including the ancient Afro combs, shown on pages 8 & 9 of K.N. Chimbiri's new book, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt. Free of charge but booking required. Please email info@golden-destiny.com or call 07980 631 077.
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Thursday 27th October 2011 6pm - 8pm Leeds Author reading from her latest children's book, The Story of Early Ancient Egypt, at Film Club Pyjama Party - Under 12s Please call 07974611667 or email:pastudygroup@yahoo.com for further information or to book.
 

Meet the author & book signing at the 3rd annual You're Beautiful, Woman!

Date Venue Details Special requirements
Saturday 7th
August 2010
10.00am - 5.00pm
Highgate Newtown Community Centre,
25 Bertram Street,
Highgate,
London
N19 5DQ
The third annual fun, constructive yet educational event celebrating Black women. Visit the official website for more details about the You're Beautiful, Woman! event and to book your ticket.
 

Create your own Nile valley pottery. Ages 7+

Date Venue Details Special requirements
Saturday 21st
August 2010
11:30am - 3.00pm
Sweet Tooth
66, The Village,
Coldharbour Lane,
Brixton,
London
SW9 8PS
Create your own pot and decorate with animals, symbols or hieroglyphs inspired by the ancient Nile valley. Take home your work of art. Materials provided. Reserve by calling Sweet Tooth on 07949 289 970.
£5.00 - materials provided.
 

Travel back to ancient Kush: Family workshops

with K.N. Chimbiri and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, London
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Wednesday 17
February 2010
11am - 4pm
North Cloisters, Wilkins Building, UCL Follow the River Nile through Egypt into ancient Kush through activities exploring this rich civilization. FREE - Just drop in! No booking required.
 

Explore Ancient Kush: Family workshop, suitable for 7-11 years and their families

Date Venue Details Special requirements
Thursday 18
February 2010
1pm - 4pm
Petrie Museum, University College London, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT
Explore ancient Kush (the area known today as the Sudan) through objects from the legendary royal city of Meroë in the Petrie Museum's collections. FREE - Just drop in! No booking required.
 

Kemet, Kush and the ancient Nile Valley

Date Venue Details Special requirements
Thursday 5th
November 2009
6pm - 7.30pm
Hackney Museum,
1 Reading Lane,
London E8 1GQ
An insight into the ancient Nile valley with author K.N. Chimbiri Adults only. Free of charge but booking required.
 

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