Art competition launched as Kensal Green vicar’s book is published for charity

Kensal Green vicar has written a children's book for charity. Picture: Rev David Ackerrman

Kensal Green vicar has written a children's book for charity. Picture: Rev David Ackerrman - Credit: Archant

A vicar in Kensal Green has written a children’s book which has spawned a national art competition.

Jidenna Ikemefuna and older brother Dubem Ikemefuna play a king in a St Nicholas Pageant at St John

Jidenna Ikemefuna and older brother Dubem Ikemefuna play a king in a St Nicholas Pageant at St John the Evangelist church, subject of a new book. Picture: Rev David Ackerman - Credit: Archant

Rev David Ackerman originally wrote Nicolas and the Six Bells as a play to mark St John’s the Evangelist Church’s 175th anniversary.

During the coronavirus he turned the play into a book with all proceeds going to Aid to the Church In Need.

The charity, which supports people in countries including Syria and Lebanon, has launched a national art competition which will be judged at the church in Kilburn Lane in December.

Rev David said: “If the charity sells all the books it will raise £5,000 so I hope it sells well. All the drawings in the book illustrated by Helena Tarrant are going to be auctioned and there may be a sequel as we are getting two more bells so I’ll be writing a play based on that.”


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He added that they are printing paper back copies. “Queen’s Park Primary School want 300 copies of it,” he said. “The story continues..”

For book and competition info visit: acnuk.org/

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