The Company has today (19 November 2019) received a donation from a member of the public of a miniature almanac published in 1768 (see main picture).
It joins a collection of some 50 examples and our Archivist Dr Ruth Frendo has taken pictures of some of them to put with a brief description which can be read here. They are interesting, charming and an important part of the Archive.
Some examples of miniature almanacs from the Archive
It has become traditional for the office team to get together with the Cutlers at 11.00 am on 11 November each year to lay wreaths to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom today. Yesterday was no exception and although the Master and Clerk were at SCWA for their act of remembrance. Rupert Meacher, Clerk to the Cutlers recited
taken from the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and Giles Fagan joined with him to lay the two wreaths below the plaque commemorating Stationers who died in the Great War.
Press Gazette has announced its shortlist for the 2019 British Journalism Awards. There are lots of categories this year and obviously good journalism is alive and well in the UK. We were particularly delighted to see that Freeman Ruth Sunderland of the Daily Mail is a finalist in the Business and
Economics Journalism category which is sponsored by Starling Bank. Naturally we send her our congratulations and we will be rooting for her on 10 December when the winners will be announced.
The Stationers' Company Christmas Cards for 2019 are now in the office and ready for collection by those who ordered in advance and to purchase for those who, in September when the cards went on sale, had not quite got into Christmas but who are now raring to go!
This year's card was designed by Elise Sunderland, a pupil of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy and all proceeds go to support the Foundation's work.
Huge thanks to Elise and indeed to Liveryman Bill Vickery who printed the cards. You can purchase online here or if you prefer to complete an order form you can download it here. Don't forget to tell us whether you want the cards posted out to you (in which case you will need to add the postage costs as indicated) or whether you will collect them from the office.
Many members will remember that back in July Court Assistant Martin Woodhead, who acted as her mentor, sent news of bursary recipient, Rebecca Wojturska and specifically of her plan to launch her Haunt Publishing imprint with a crowd funded title Haunted Voices. Click here to read that item. Those who joined in the crowd-funding will have received their copy of Haunted Voices this week complete with spine tingling cover!
Rebecca is putting on an event at the Portobello Bookshop in Edinburgh tomorrow evening, and they’ve done a window display for the book (see main photo). Her initial print run was 600 and it is doing well for a start-up's first title. Who knows there may even be a second print run to come! We wish Rebecca well with all her publishing endeavours as it is good to see new imprints come into being!
Alexandria Wreggelsworth has invited livery members to an upcoming benefit concert, which is the start of a year long project that will finish her current postgraduate studies.
Starting around February/March 2020, she and three other musicians, alongside the Song in the City Charity Trust, will be working together to create professional recordings of all the art songs of American Composer, Charles T. Griffes. These recordings will then be put on a website of their own design, to be used as future educational resources for current and future musicians. This website is intended to introduce the world to the composer and will continue to work towards recording all his musical catalogue in future years to come. For now, they are working on his art songs, many of which have been left unrecorded and forgotten.
On 23 April 2020, they will give a concert through the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to perform a selection of these songs. Also included will be some dramatic readings of his diary entries which will also be used on the European debut of the website.
In order to achieve something of this magnitude, they are hosting a benefit concert on 9 November, 2019 at St. Marylebone church, to raise the funds necessary to move forward with this project.
More information and an invitation to attend members should log in to the Members Only area and then click here where they will find a link to a fully-detailed invitation.
The BOSS Leaders of the Future (LOTF) are inviting dynamic, forward-thinking and ambitious young professionals to become members of their group. They are calling on employers in the industry to send their brightest team members to an exclusive event prior to the BOSS Awards on the 28th of November to network with leaders in our sector and debate key industry issues.
The event ‘Industry Leaders meet Future Leaders’, kindly sponsored by Fellowes and Pentel and held at the Tower Guoman Hotel in London from 11.00am - 3.00pm will bring together some of the leading figures from Wholesalers, Manufacturers and Resellers for an intimate event especially for these individuals. For full details of the day which will feature two of our Corporate Members click here.
Past Master Christopher McKane's Book The Thunderer - The Life and Times of John Walter II was published on 21 October and is available either via the Stationers' Company online shop which you can reach by clicking here or by downloading the mail order form via this link.
Members will remember that each year Liverymen Janet Bell and a team from OPI undertake a grueling series of climbs in the Lake District in aid of Cancer Research. This year is no exception and Janet writes:
It’s that time of year again, just as the temperatures start to drop I think about climbing mountains!
It will come as no surprise to learn that I am once again planning to scale mountains in order to raise money for the Institute of Cancer research (ICR).
So on Friday 8 November, Team OPI will once again join the Climb of Life in the Lake District and attempt to climb some of the most challenging mountains in the country, most likely in awful conditions. Our planned route this year takes in Sharp Edge – which is a new one for us and looks suitably terrifying.
Sharp Edge - Photo by James Hearton
We put ourselves through this to raise much needed funds for the Institute of Cancer research (ICR). The ICR is the third largest medical research organisation of its kind in the world. It works with cancer centres across the world to ensure the best treatments are developed to help as many sufferers as possible. However, these discoveries take a lot of work and investment, and that’s where we can make a difference.
Over the last nine years, with your support, we have raised more than £100,000 every year, and we hope we can do this again. Please will you consider supporting our efforts with a donation? Any amount is gratefully received and really does help us get through what is a very tough challenge!
And, if we hit our £100k target, then we will have raised over £1 million for cancer research.
If you can, please donate online via the site below.
I do really appreciate any help you can give us.
At the Master and Wardens’ meeting today the Master conducted a Freedom Ceremony which brought eight new Freemen into the Company.
They are from L-R in the picture:
John Feather – Retired Academic specialising in the History of the Book.
Simon Gamble - Finance Director, Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd
Christopher Lloyd - CEO, What on Earth Publishing
Janet Gibson - Convenor and Researcher, The House of Lords and Freelance Journalist
Colin McHenry - Retired Art Director
John Spencer - Retired Journalist
Alec Waterlow - Regional Commercial Director, Wates Group Ltd
Todd Litzsinger - Chairman, Follett Corporation
Most new Stationers are admitted by redemption but on this occasion we had two new Freemen (Messrs Lloyd and Waterlow) admitted by patrimony. Patrimony is the method of entry for those whose father or mother was a Stationer at the time of the birth. It was lovely to welcome so many new Freemen and to see the Lloyd and Waterlow families continuing in membership.