What an exciting and busy time the past months since the launch of my book has been!
It is impossible to mention all the libraries and historical groups and the many book-stores I have been been invited too so I will mention the highlights, of which there are many!
I should start with my talk in Warsaw, Poland just a month or so after my book was released which was attended by the Polish Secretary of State, Anna Maria Anders. The daughter of General Wladyslaw Anders of the 2nd Polish Army Corp.
What a rewarding experience it was speaking at the Polish Saturday schools in Bristol and Nottingham. The children were so attentive and not a sound was heard during my hour long talk; not an easy thing for children!
The invitation to go to Brisbane and Adelaide speaking at the Polish Dom Polski Club, several book stores and libraries was an opportunity that could not be missed as I had never been and this gave me a reason to go!
Another invitation, this time to New York and the Polish bookfest. How could I say no!? So much to see in too short a time but well worth it.
And of course I cannot finish without mentioning my meeting the Polish Ambassador, Arkady Rzegocki not once but twice! The first at a book launch in London and the second at Exeter where I was invited to attend the ceremony to honour the Polish Air Force and unveiling of the plaque in the Cathedral which was followed by a wonderful dinner.
Now it would be impossible to do a sequel to A Homeland Denied but after some amazing news from a lady in Warsaw, I have started on a prequel.
Over twenty letters were found written by my Dad, Waclaw Kossakowski and sent to his childhood friend and later sweetheart. Immaculate in beautiful condition dating from 1937 to 1940. The last few written from the Russian internment camp he was imprisoned in before deported to Siberia. They give a fascinating insight into a life of a young Warsaw University student in the years leading up to the outbreak off war. So much more than love letters but eye witness accounts of what actually happened.
So another project to keep me busy!
I was thrilled to receive an invitation from the Polish Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki to attend the celebrations for the 100 year Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Poland on November 10, 2018.
Arriving at the Embassy around six in the evening, it was truly a night to remember insied a very beautiful building, with music, dancing and a wonderful buffet. I carried my book with me and was recognised by several people and introduced to many more, including war veterans and the Polish Secretary of State, Anna Maria Anders. The Ambassador recognised and remembered me and we spoke for several minutes. The Polish television company, TV Polonia were there to record the event and I was very excited to have a short interview with them regarding the anniversary itself and my book, A Homeland Denied.