Wednesday, 12 November 2014

A brace of launches for Curious Kentish Town at Owl Bookshop

Announcing another launch event for Curious Kentish Town on Monday 24th November at 6.30pm
The launch of Curious Kentish Town on Monday 17th November 2014 at 6.30pm is now fully booked. Please email if you would like to attend the 24th November event.
Entry is free but is by ticket only.
Owl Bookshop
209 Kentish Town Rd
London NW5 2JU
Tel 020 7485 7793
Curious Kentish Town
Martin Plaut & Andrew Whitehead
Book Launch
Monday 24th November

Please join us to celebrate the publication of a new book about Kentish Town

Where did Oswald Mosley first lead his fascists after the Battle of Cable Street?
Which Kentish Town rent strike inspired a Peggy Seeger song? Where does the long lost Fleet river break cover? Or followed, quite literally, in the tracks of the piano industry?

Do you know about the horse tunnels at Camden Lock...the ghost sign advertising maids’ caps and aprons in Dartmouth Park... the African revolutionary who made his home near Tufnell Park?

Curious Kentish Town explores more than thirty locations across this part of north London and brings to life the remarkable stories attached to them, with the help of a wealth of photographs and illustrations. An artist-designed map will help you follow in the authors’ footsteps.

Martin and Andrew, both journalists who have lived in the area for decades and love it, will discuss the book, followed by questions and answers.

The event on the 17th November is fully booked and will be very busy with limited seating. If your email request has been acknowledged and you would prefer to attend the second event on the 24th please let us know and we will move your reservation.  


Sunday, 2 November 2014

New from Five Leaves - Curious Kentish Town

We are pleased to announce Five Leaves' latest title, Curious Kentish Town by Martin Plaut and Andrew Whitehead. Andrew previously edited our London Fictions book, and runs the website of the same name. There is also a website for Curious Kentish Town, which will be updated as more curiousities emerge. The book will tell you which Kentish Town rent strike inspired a Peggy Seeger song, what happened to the Fleet river and all you need to know about the horse tunnels at Camden Lock. Lots of curious stories, and lots of photographs.
The Curious website is at, which includes a big feature on the book in this week's Camden New Journal.
Kentish Town area residents can buy the book at The Owl and other nearby bookshops as well as the usual outlets like Housmans and, post free, from Five Leaves on 0115 8373097.
Curious Kentish Town
9781910170069, 92 pages, £7.95.