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An Evening with Muriel Lester May 13, 2015

On Wednesday 13th May Kingsley Hall played host to an evening dedicated to the life and work of Muriel Lester

American academic Seth Koven talked about his latest book 'The Match Girl and the Heiress.' The book focuses on these  unlikely companions who fought for peace and social justice.

To complement the evening, a rehearsed reading of the play 'Stone Tales' was performed. Stone Tales was initially commissioned in 2010 by the Fellowship of Reconciliation ( and Pax Christi (

Members of the heritage group  were on hand to show people around the building and the Kingsley Hall cafe provided refreshments

The evening was introduced by William Rhind of the Gandhi Foundation

Seth Koven talked about his latest book     
'The Match Girl and the Heiress'  and the lives of Nellie Dowell and Muriel Lester

A rehearsed reading of the play 'Stone Tales' was performed. Introduced by author Alexandra Carey.

There were stands showing the work of the Heritage Group and sale of Seth Koven’s book.

Left Daphne Harris (nee Saville) shows William Rhind the photos of her mother and brother

Refreshments were provided in the “3 Bees” cafe. A birthday cake had been prepared to celebrate the 92nd birthday of Emily Saville – a member at KH Dagenham since 1929 – whose husband had been at KH Bow. The cake was taken to Dagenham where it was shared at the “Lester Group” on May 15, symbolising the historic link between the two community centres founded by Muriel Lester

The posters for the evening