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K.N. Chimbiri

Hello,

I'm Kandace Chimbiri, author, publisher and Black history enthusiast. By Black history I mean what people of African descent have contributed to the world, rather than just what was done to them (i.e. not the history of 'slavery' and its aftermath only).

I didn't grow up thinking that I wanted to be an author. I write because I really feel that I have to, and because I'm passionate about how the right book can touch a child for life.

I'm motivated by the feedback I get from people I meet at events, especially parents or other adults who tell me that one of my books has benefited a child.

My philosophy is quite simple: Rather than complain about the lack of diversity in children's books, and continuing to talk about the lack thereof, let's just create them ourselves. So, I aim to create the kind of books that would be there on the shelves if the world was fair. My books are only on the shelves in a few places but that's why we have Amazon and the Internet.

I create my books at home, usually sitting on my grey DFS sofa with my laptop. So far all my books have been non-fiction. I talk about why more non-fiction books are so important for children on my occasional blog.

When I am not writing, I mostly enjoy doing my workshops for children and adults (especially adults who are still young at heart!).

Events

Forthcoming events


Date Venue Details Special requirements
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!
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
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
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Tuesday 7th
October 2014
Guest Post and Giveaway. Do you think the Afro was invented in the 1950s? Think again!
That Healthy Feeling
 
Date Venue Details Special requirements
Wednesday 8th
October 2014
United Kinkdom
 
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Thursday 9th
October 2014
TBC
 
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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
 

Past events


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.
 

K.N.Chimbiri can come to your school!

Every child should learn about ancient Kush. K.N. Chimbiri has taught hands-on cross curricular workshops for children of all ages.

K.N. Chimbiri can come to your school - Say Hello!