A Plaque For Nina Bawden | Spitalfields Life

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Originally posted on Spitalfields Life.

‘Islington Council is unveiling a plaque for my friend & mentor, the novelist Nina Bawden, at midday on Friday 11th September, at her former home, 22 Noel Rd, N1, and you are very welcome to attend.

Nina Bawden (1925-2012) with her husband Austen Kark (1926–2002)

In recent years, a recurring highlight in my existence had been the opportunity to walk from Spitalfields through Hoxton and along the canal path up to Islington to enjoy a light lunch with novelist Nina Bawden, who lived in an old terrace backing onto the canal and whom I considered it a great honour to count as my friend.

I first met Nina when I took my copy of “Carrie’s War” along to a bookshop and queued up with all the hundreds of other children to have it signed by the famous author. She appeared to my child’s eyes as the incarnation of adult grace and authoritative literary intellect, and it is an opinion that I have had no reason to qualify, except to say that my estimation of Nina grew as I came to know her.Years after that book signing, Kaye Webb, Nina’s editor who had encouraged my own nascent efforts at writing, rang me up at six-thirty one evening to say she had just remembered Nina and her husband Austen Kark were coming to dinner that very night and she had nothing to give them. At this time Kaye was over eighty and housebound, so I sprinted through…’

Source: A Plaque For Nina Bawden | Spitalfields Life

7 thoughts on “A Plaque For Nina Bawden | Spitalfields Life

  1. It’s fascinating to know how you became friends with such a esteemed author, though I can imagine her interest in your writing. It would be interesting to know though how you solved the problem of the meal that never was for your joint editor friend.
    xxx Huge Hugs Sarah xxx

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  2. One of those wonderful connections in life….and I am quite sure that this amazing author thoroughly enjoyed your company as well. Wonderful cover for Carrie’s War and of course the book is incredible. Have a lovely weekend…and no matter what, keep smiling:)xx

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  3. Oh dear! This is a reblog which was why I put the text in inverted commas. It wasn’t, alas, me who had this connection with Nina Bawden but The Gentle Author who writes Spitalfields Life. Would that it had been me as Bawden is one of my favourite children’s authors and an inspiration, especially with her fight to get the railways to take responsibility for the crash that injured her and killed her husband: a tale of courage and certainty.


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