A handful of members of the Company and the Young Stationers travelled to Dublin for the weekend before Paddy's Day, for a bookish tour of the Fair City which took in first-edition Caxtons, Wynken de Wordes, the first book published in Ireland, and specimens of 18th-century bookbinding, when Dublin was a centre of the craft.
The principal librarians and keepers at Trinity College, Dublin, the Marsh Library, and the Chester Beatty Library each made generous time for the Stationers, and trotted out their treasures, and the Stationers on tour also made time for pint and Pinter at the Gate Theatre, second-hand bookstores along the Liffey, and choral evensong at St Patrick's where they met the Dean and Dean's Vicar.
A Paddy's Day charity dinner at the Garrick Club then raised several hundred pounds for the Alzheimer's Society. And future bookish city breaks are now being plotted to the printing quarters of Prague and Helsinki.
In the photo above you can see from left: Liveryman Pádraig Belton, Young Stationers Brendan Quinn and Miss Klára Skrenková, and Liveryman Terry Mansfield CBE.