Cosmic Cats: A World First ?

Cosmic Cats brings together stories written by children in my village and in Mumias. Reading and telling stories, creates empathy and understanding. New residents of Kennington may not realise that for fifty years, through KOA, Kennington was the only village in the UK, possibly in the world, which fundraised every year for overseas projects. It was done through events that villagers loved, like the fete, fun run, pop -up shop and children’s concert. Well here’s another FIRST for our village.  St Swithun’s CE Primary School and Mumias  Primary School in west Kenya have come together to produce this anthology of stories written by pupils. St Swithun’s School, Kennington (oxon) and the Nasio Trust are proud to announce the launch of ‘Cosmic Cats’, an anthology of stories written by children from Kennington, Oxfordshire and Mumias, Kenya. The book celebrates the collaboration between the two communities to help set-up the first community library in  the west Kenya district of Mumias.

Cosmic Cats will be launched at St Swithun’s School on the 6th of March, 2024 and will include a virtual interaction with the children from Kenya. The internationally loved children’s illustrator Korky Paul will give a presentation.

The public launch and book sales will be from 11-12 am on 9th of March in Kennington Village Centre.OX15PG.

Divya Godbole of The Nasio Trust  says, ‘We’d like to thank the community of fundraisers in the village of Kennington for their support and Sylvia Vetta, Oxfordshire author, for leading this project, Korky Paul, for designing the book and Oxford ebooks for its publication.’

Winnie’s cat ,Wilbur, has endorsed Cosmic Cats as  Purrrr-fectly pawsome! 


The library will be built by  the Nasio Trust led by, Nancy Mudenyo Hunt, the co-author of Not so Black and White .Cosmic Cats will be the first  book to be put on display in the Musanda library hopefully towards the end of 2024.

(This has been possible thanks to our long term association with the Nasio Trust. In Musanda, there is a spirulina factory built thanks to KOA. St Swithun’s School took part in the Spirulina Cookbook too. All proceeds from sales £8 will go towards the Nasio library. Cosmic Cats will be the first book in the library so the children will know their library, like Kennington library, welcomes them.

Feel the force of fifty children’s voices. Recognise the bravery of turning an empty page into a living story and celebrate how art and story-telling brings together young people who live continents apart. Cosmic Cats connects Mumias Township Primary School (Kenya) and St Swithuns CofE Primary School (England). 

Libraries for upward mobility and empathy. Aged seven, I discovered libraries and a love of reading and writing but the idea that a working-class girl from Luton could become an author was as crazy as eating the straw boater with which my birthplace was associated. Middle class parents can afford to buy books for their children. Lack of access to books for children without them, is a handicap for upward mobility. That is why I asked the illustrator Korky Paul to lead our 400 yard Pied Procession to save our library from closure