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Justine Solomons of Byte the Book has arranged for members of the Stationers' Company to benefit from a special offer on tickets for a special event, Confluence, on 15 February 2019. 

Confluence is a coming together of all the strands and aspects that make Byte the Book special.  It's about hearing new ideas, meeting new people from a diverse range of industries. finding new ways of working and connecting with new collaborators.  there will be a broad spectrum of participants including people from publishing, interactive fiction, gaming, technology, journalism, museums, TV and film. Highlights include workshops on podcasting, life writing and AI. In addition there will be three streams of incredible talks entitled: 'Telling Stories with Technology,' 'The Business of Storytelling,' and, 'The Tools of Revolution';  twenty-four talks in total!  Each talk will be approximately twenty minutes with plenty of time to network through the day.  To access the offer members should log in and then click here to go through to the relevant Members Only page.  


Congratulations to Freeman Fred Fenwick who is out skiing in Morzine for the Company.  Yesterday he came eighth out of 206  in the slalom and Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby caught his  fabulous finish on


The Stationers' ski teams (Oh yes! We have two this year!) are currently out in Morzine skiing their hearts out for the Company. Latest news received from team captain, Court Assistant Martin Woodhead is that in the Team Distance Challenge the Stationers' A team (Freeman Martin de la Bedoyere, Freeman Freddie Fenwick, Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby and Court Assistant Nick Mockett) is in sixth place and the B team is, shall we say, a little further down the rankings. Good luck to them all in the rest of the competition and many thanks to Oliver for the superb photo of Morzine where the temperature first thing on Wednesday  morning was a teeth-shattering -17!

The Trade Association Winter Event is held each year and provides an opportunity for the TAs in the communications and content industry gather to discuss topics of interest generally and to network with each other. Monday, 21 January saw representatives from the Professional Publishers Association, Publishers' Licensing Services, the British Printing Industries Federation, the British Association for Print and Communication, the Confederation of Paper Industries, the News Media Association, the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association, the European Flexographic Industry Association, British Education Suppliers Association, the Packaging Federation and Picon  gather at the Hall to hear Gareth Ward of Print Business give his take on the direction Printing is taking (away from traditional, ever increasingly towards digital, with new business and delivery models and on substrates as diverse as fabric, sledge seats and paper!) and then to hear the Lord Triesman talk about the current political situation, specifically BREXIT, a topic which seemingly could run and run although one point of agreement around the table was the hope that it doesn’t!  It provoked a lively debate but no-one resigned or walked away from the table!  Is there a lesson in there somewhere?

In the photo above you can see from L-R  Liveryman Tim Webb (TA liaison) Gareth Ward, the Lord Triesman, the Master, Sidney Bobb (BAPC), Andrew Large (CPI), Tom Bowtell (BCF), Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines (EFIA), Liveryman Bettine Pellant (Picon), Freeman Charles Jarrold (BIPF), Dr Andrew Mint (PPMA), David Newell (NMA), Sarah Faulder (PLS), Dick Searle (Packaging Federation), Freeman Richard Little and the Clerk. 

Patrick Hayes of BESA was unable to stay for the Lunch and Owen Meredith of PPA joined the gathering after the photo was taken so neither of them are pictured.

At the first Master and Wardens' meeting of 2019 on Monday, 14 January the Master welcomed seven new Freemen into the Company.  They are, from L-R in the photo:

Christopher Pateman - Freelance Consultant
Louise Steidl - Artist and Graphic Designer
Sharon Hague - Senior Vice President,  Schools of Pearson
Victoria Pickering - Post Doctoral Researcher at the British Museum
Juliet Erridge - Associate Director of David Morley Architects
Christoph Exner - Chief Commercial Office of OPI
Samuel Malin - Chairman of Burkes Peerage



All Stationers will want to join in congratulating both Court Assistant Carol Tullo (on the left in the photo) who was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the New Years' Honours List for services to official publishing and also Liveryman Jessica Kingsley (on the right) who was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to autism.    

At the Court meeting today the Master cloathed Lorraine Shanley in the Livery of the Company.  The Membership process from start through to cloathing is quite involved and Lorraine is to be congratulated on achieving the Livery by fitting the membership steps in with her business visits to the UK.  Lorraine who is President of Market Partners International in New York is seen above with her husband and her sponsor Past Master Helen Esmonde and below after the ceremony  in her Livery gown.DSC 0708    

We’re delighted to inform you that Adam Matthew Digital are now implementing Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) on some of the material in ‘Literary Print Culture’, their resource presenting the digitised documents from our archive.  For more detail about this please visit  the Archive News page of this website by clicking here.

Following on from his piece in the September issue of Stationers' News on Bernstein's visit to Stationers' Hall in 1959, Members might be interested to know of Past Master Noel Osborne's further connections with the maestro! 

In 1963 at the request of the Dean of Chichester Cathedral Leonard Bernstein began composing a choral piece for the Southern Cathedrals Festival in 1965. The resulting masterpiece was the Chichester Psalms.  At that festival in 1965 Past Master Noel, then a lay vicar (a cleric or choir member appointed to sing certain parts of a cathedral service) at the Cathedral took part in a performance (which has been described as the "almost world premiere") of the Chichester Psalms in the presence of Bernstein. 

Last week the BBC South Today programme featured an item in which he and the then Head Chorister, David Gibson were reunited and reminisced on, amongst other things, the challenges of singing in Hebrew!  This was a prelude to a performance of the Chichester Psalms on 24 November at the Cathedral which was part of the events marking the centenary of Bernstein's birth.  You can watch the full item by clicking on the box below.

Past Master Noel Osborne writes: The annual celebration of St Cecilia, patron saint of music and musicians, was held in the Hall on Sunday,18 November. A capacity audience of Stationers, including the Master and Upper Warden and their ladies, and many other guests delighted in a stunning performance of Schubert’s Octet by the Hanover Band Chamber Ensemble and the Consone Quartet, after being welcomed with a champagne reception. The concert was followed by a buffet lunch with wine. This is a social as well as a musical occasion, evidently enjoyed by all, old and young, and this year with a bonus of a glorious autumn Sunday in the City.  Photo by Hanson Images.

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