Connecting King’s Cross to the World – Looking ahead to September

Connecting King’s Cross to the World – Looking ahead to September
As we gather stories from around the King’s Cross area, we want to make sure we tap into themes and activities elsewhere. It fits with the area being a natural crossing point for thousands of people a day, and millions over the last 100 years.
Looking ahead, here are some of the UN days in September we’ll be linking in with as we celebrate the King’s Cross area – and build a Story Palace together in the coming months. Any missing? Let us know – tweet us @_storypalace or drop us an email. 


5 September – International Day of Charity

Because King’s Cross is home to a panoply of third sector organisations. From Small Green Shoots through funding bodies such as The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and the Wellcome Trust. And umbrella bodies NCVO and ACEVO

8 September – International Literacy Day

The area is teeming hub of Publishing houses – these are just some that come to mind: Pan MacMillan | Picador | Phaidon | Springer Nature | MH Education | Scholastic | Burlington | JKP | Black Dog Online | Eddison Books  | Self Made Hero | Cecil Woolf | Head and Heart

Plus Libraries, big and small: British Library | Camden Town Library | The Hearing Loss Library | The Lewis Carrol Children’s LibraryThe Pancras Sq Library | Wellcome Library

And the poet John Bejteman was an avid campaigner in the area – and a wide number of other authors have drawn inspiration here. JK Rowling of course uses King’s Cross station as a gateway to another world (9¾). Earlier, in 1912, Adeline Virginia Stephen got married to Leonard Woolf at the St Pancras Central Register Office. She also briefly lived in Mecklenburgh Square before leaving London permanently. The Londonist, for one, has more.

15 September – International Day of Democracy

King’s Cross has been a hotbed of activism, petitions and protests over the years. You can, for example, read some of the stories in the book A Sense of Place – and through this project we’ll gather more.

21 September – International Day of Peace

See immediately below…

26 September – International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear WeaponsAnti nuclear power movement's Smiling Sun logo

King’s Cross is home to Housmans which played an important role as a meeting place for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Also, a few years ago they took in spare books from CND’s library.

27 September – World Tourism Day

King’s Cross has been the point of arrival for travellers and tourists for a very long time. And for the last ten years St Pancras International has been the terminus for Eurostar. If you want to geek out on train, track and station facts, then here’s a September 2007 article from The Observer promising ‘amazing secrets‘.

Meanwhile, thanks to @futureshape for the Creative Commons image – captured at St Pancras International:

Pair of Eurostar

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