Sunday, 3 July 2016

Polish Ealing

Polish Ealing

Polish Ealing: A Brief History, 1945-2015 (Tignarius Publications, 2016), 409pp.



From the back cover:

The London Borough of Ealing is home to the largest Polish
community in Europe outside Poland. In this, the first detailed
account of the Poles in Ealing in English, historian Piotr Stolarski
sheds light on the origins of the community, its development and
subsequent history after World War Two, including the impact of
migration to Ealing after Poland's E.U. accession in 2004. The
book delves into questions of Polish culture, memory, identity,
and generational change; including the local significance of
Polish Pope John Paul II, and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa. The
role of Ealing's Poles in the fight for freedom under Communism,
and the ways in which Poles have integrated yet remained a
distinctive ethnic community in Ealing, are among many other
topics of discussion. With 93 illustrations.

Dr. Piotr Stolarski was born in Gdansk, Poland, in 1980, and has
lived in Acton since 1983. A Polish and British citizen, he
currently works at the Ealing Local History Centre, London.


I work at the Ealing Local History Centre; the archive of the London Borough of Ealing.

Ealing has the largest Polish community in Europe outside Poland, with about 30,000 Poles out of a total population of 350,000.

My latest book is a history of Ealing's Polish community, from World War Two to 2015. This is the first book in English to cover the community in any depth or detail. I will give a talk on the subject in 2017 at Ealing Central Library.

The book is priced at £10. Available at: tignarius@yahoo.co.uk, or from Ealing Local History Centre.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Christian Ealing: An Ecumenical History


Christian Ealing: An Ecumenical History (Tignarius Publications, 2015), 304pp


This book is the first detailed synthesis of Ealing's Church history, drawing on a wealth of primary and secondary source material. It surveys the genesis and development of Church life in what is now the London Borough of Ealing from Medieval times to the present day. Taking an ecumenical approach, it investigates the rich tapestry of Christian faith and culture through time, highlighting and explaining both continuities and changes across successive periods of Ealing's Church history, while situating the churches in their wider social context. With 90 illustrations, and Appendices.

(From the Back Cover) 


CONTENTS

Preface: Ealing Christian Voices……………………………………………..7
Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………...15
Map: London Borough of Ealing…………………………………………….17

Introduction………………………………………………………………….19

1. The Roots of Parish Life: The Medieval Period…………………………..21
2. The Confessional Age: Reformation to Catholic Emancipation,
1534-1829……………………………………………………..…….37

3. Church-Building in an Age of Christian Pluralism: The Victorian Era,
1837-1901…………………………………………………………...61

4. Growing, Irrelevant? Christians, Secularisation and Social Change,
1901-1969…………………………………………………………...89

5. Beyond Secularisation: Ecumenism and Multiculturalism,
1970-2000s…………………………………………………………139


Conclusion…………………………………………………………………..177

Illustrations…………………………………………………………………181
Picture Credits……………………………………………………………...229
Appendices………………………………………………………………….237
Bibliography………………………………………………………………...273
Index………………………………………………………………………...293


If I have a vocation as a historian, it is primarily in the field of Church History. My PhD was on the Dominican Order in the Polish Counter-Reformation, later published as a monograph with Ashgate in 2010. I dealt with 'Religion' in the 1960s in my last monograph, Ealing in the 1960s (2013). Since then, I have produced a researcher's guide on the local churches of Ealing, entitled Ealing Church History Notes (2014) - which details over 400 churches from more than 30 denominations across time, including basic details such as year of foundation, address, and a list of sources in which the church appears, etc.

Christian Ealing builds on Ealing Church History Notes and provides a narrative of Ealing's Church history through time, highlighting the salient features of church life. It is based on extensive research at my workplace, the Borough Archive of the London Borough of Ealing (also known as Ealing Local History Centre). Ealing, for those unaware of it, is a London Borough, now encompassing over 300,000 inhabitants, comprising several smaller localities. The scope and breadth of the subject matter was thus rather challenging, but also made easier by the sheer volume of relevant source material and extant parish histories.

The book is shorter than my 1960s book, and probably all the more readable for that reason. I shall be giving a talk on the subject, Churches through Time: Ealing's Christian History, 1114-2014 AD on 1 December 2015 in the Green Room of Ealing Central Library, where the book will go on sale for the first time, priced £10. The intention is to attract as many Christians as possible, who will hopefully find the book interesting and instructive. Any reader of this blog who wishes to attend would be more than welcome. Please contact staff at Ealing Central Library is you wish to book a place, on: 0203-700-1052. Tickets are priced £3 for library members, or £5 for non-members.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

In the Pipeline: Tignarius/Evangelisation!



After Ealing in the 1960s.... what? An anticlimax? A joy? Satisfaction? Probably all three. If you see my Homepage (www.piotrstolarski.blogspot.com) you can see that the Three Colours: Faith series has been born out of the association of Tignarius Publications and my evangelisation work (more of which on the Christian Existentialist Medley blog - cf. links). 

I now propose to separate out this evangelisation work on an operational basis, and produce the same books as always, but specifically designed for and targeted at particular audiences. Yet they should remain usable by a wide range of people. They are to be given out for free and ad hoc to anyone interested in them... after engaging people in free conversation. 

Thus:

FULL MEASURE GOSPEL (2013): a simple book incorporating parts of the New Testament. Designed for all, as an introduction to the Christian faith. Especially useful for the less well-educated, people with limited English, or those of other religions. 

LOVE SUPREME, THE CHRISTIAN REVOLUTION (2013): designed for 'political' use. In other words, for those with ideological commitments but no faith. Otherwise, good for focusing the reasons for becoming a Christian in the modern world of today.

GROUND OF BEING (2013): a Christian Existentialist manual. Designed for advanced thinkers with knowledge of Christian faith, this book is an enchiridion and contains short reflections and maxims/aphorisms. Born from an engagement with Nietzsche.

APPROACHING ISLAM (2013): my response to Islam in the "Age of 9/11". Could be coupled with an "Injil" ([Full Measure] Gospel) to put the Christian case across to Muslims. This book is my Christian contribution to dialogue with the Muslims, whom I admire. 

CROSS POEMS (2013): poems on suffering, with brief reflections concerning the faith appended. Good for those with a short attention span, as very short. 

HEARTSPEAK (2011): poems from 22 Christian poets, edited by yours truly. Good for inter-denominational dialogue. 

TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS (2011): a journey from Nihilism, confronting Napoleon and Nietzsche, together with the darkest thoughts imaginable. Destination? Christ! This book is again influenced by Nietzsche, but transcends him completely. A Dark Night of the Soul - not one for the feint-hearted. 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

New from Tignarius: Ealing in the 1960s

Ealing in the 1960s
Ealing in the 1960s: Cultural ferment in local context

by Piotr Stolarski

Tignarius Publications, 2013

339pp, 30 illustrations

£10.00

Contact: tignarius@yahoo.co.uk


Chapters:

1. Youth Culture
2. Music
3. Drugs
4. Sexual Revolution and Women
5. Protest, Internationalism, Counter-Culture
6. Industry and Consumerism
7. Protest as Local Politics
8. Religion
9. Immigration
10. Housing 



Well, it's been 15 months in the researching and writing. I wanted to get to grips with the usual and not so well known aspects of the 1960s. So plenty on the "swinging 60s", but also on the "other 60s" of religion (e.g. ecumenism), immigration, and housing. Abortion and Humanae Vitae also covered! Ealing in the 1960s forms the basis for my talk on the same subject at:

EALING CENTRAL LIBRARY on THURSDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER, 6:15PM 

Tickets £4
Advance booking essential. 
To book:
Contact the library in person or on 020 8825 9278 
or email reading@ealing.gov.uk

BOOK ON SALE AT TALK!

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Neo-Renaissance Eclecticism

Alma Mater (2005-2008): University of Aberdeen, est. 1495

Max Scheler, who influenced John Paul II, earned the title of "the Catholic Nietzsche". Tignarius Publications' philosophy is Nietzschean with respect to being highly personal, with an emphasis on existentialism and aesthetics, as well as Catholic truth (which Nietzsche denied).

I have been writing books which I want to share with others. The best way is to do this for free. Obviously, a physical copy is also desirable, and these are available for a price. Yet I make it all available for free by email.

"Tignarius" derives from the Latin for carpenter: faber tignarius, a neo-Renaissance pun on my surname, Stolarski (which means Carpenter or Joiner). The symbol here being Christian carpentry (Jesus' profession), the Cross, and 'fashioning the culture' (hence the motto 'Culture-Crafting Texts'). This is also existential and vocational in its meanings. Bearing the (wooden) Cross, and co-fashioning the culture with Christ. 

Nietzsche is close to my heart because we share a method, and possibly a madness. Idiosyncrasy, and indifference to making loads of money by being recognised, coupled with a genuine concern for truth. Nietzsche was virtually ignored during his lifetime. That doesn't mean I want to be; but neither do I care to be "discovered as an amazing genius" after I die. I don't much care. Whatever, I document my works and make them available.

I combine a Nietzschean streak with Catholic faith, then refract that through my concept of Neo-Renaissance Eclecticism. This means: an "early modern" aesthetic of pluralism, multiple perspectives, and richness; woodcuts, engravings, baroquery, weirdness, melancholy, and faith. That is closer to the real Nietzsche than bland nihilism.

I have studied at the universities of Oxford, London and Aberdeen. I have visited Krakow, Lwow, Pisa, on my academic travels. I was a wandering scholar, and I still am. My academic days are behind me now, however. I have burst through to "real life", but retain the aesthetics of the Renaissance as an inspiration, and a love for early modern history (particularly the Reformation and Counter Reformation).

Hopefully, all this adds up to a means for ecumenism, engagement with secular culture, and an integral humanism summarised in my concept of "heroic normalcy": which includes faith, culture, and knowledge. 

Just email me at tignarius@yahoo.co.uk if you'd like a free book.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

New from Tignarius: Substance of Accidents


Substance of Accidents 
by Piotr Stolarski

A companion to Christian Existentialist Fragments 

370pp 
(give or take)

Available now priced 10 English Pounds

Critical Reviews:

***** Catholic Culture

"He's done it again. An outstanding counterblast to the World." - J. Ratzinger

"Marvellous. A tour de force." - Jeremy Spencer, The Times 

"Nobody will read it. Then he will die. Then everyone will (read it)." - Vanessa Xerxes, Paris Match

***** Existentialist Magazine

**** Marxist Contrarian

**** Distopic Mandarin




Sunday, 2 September 2012

New from Tignarius...

Books by Piotr Stolarski...


Rogue Elements: A Composite Worldview in Five Books (Tignarius, London: 2011), pp. 239, £12.99 (excluding p+p)

How can a truly engaged Christian existentialism proceed without confronting radical doubt as a perspective, and exploring that darkness, human frailty, the thirst for God, before finally laying all before the Cross of Christ? (From the preface.) 

Contents: 

Book One: Deus Non Est Machina
Book Two: Dictums and Diatribes
Book Three: Learned Exertions
Book Four: Observations and Poetic Meditations
Book Five: Normalcies - Bare and Heroic

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Militant/Theist - Poetic Highlights, 2006-2011 (Tignarius, London: 2011), pp. 121, £11.99 (excluding p+p)

Select poems from all collections, with amusing apocryphal critical reviews and awards on back cover.

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After History: On the Death of History, and the New Culture (Tignarius, London: 2012), pp. 140, £9.99 (excluding p+p)

Academic history is dead. The culture of the present offers new possibilities, while history itself - shorn of dislogic and delusion - still has a future.  

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Christian Existentialist Fragments (Tignarius, London: 2012), pp. 161, £9.99 (excluding p+p)

Being mostly blog postings from www.mcstollie.blogspot.com (Christian Existentialist Medley).

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The Book of Truth - Poems by Piotr Stolarski (Tignarius, London: 2012), pp. 68, £9.99  (excluding p+p)
 
41 poems, some disturbing, some angry, some insane; all honest before God.

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