No posts for awhile; the last few weeks of working on our new venture were a bit distracting. Months of planning and thinking and overseeing and deciding and changing our minds and fretting . . . Now all behind us: Prospero’s Project is open!
And what a pleasure it is! If you missed the party, here are some images – most of the photographs taken by James Ratchford.
Thanks are due to authors Damian Barr, Jo Fairly, Juliet Nicolson, Lynne Truss and Jacqueline Wilson who together cut the ribbon in front of a crowd numbering 100 or more.
Thanks, too, to everyone who came, for helping make it such a memorable day!
A centerpiece of the day: The unveiling of a specially-commissioned artwork by Su Blackwell – click here to see photos of it.
Come along to see it for your self . . . Prospero’s Project is open Friday through Monday, from 1 until 5pm.
When we commissioned Su Blackwell to make a book (and gave her books from five centuries to use!), we had no idea what she would decide to make.
Now we can reveal the result – a stunning sculpture celebrating the world of books, based on our own shop. And filled with silhouettes of customers and friends, making it an amazing and amazingly personal work for us to share.
We’re grateful to Su for creating such a special piece – and hope you’ll be able to stop by to see it, now that Prospero’s Project is open (Friday to Monday from 1 to 5, since you ask!)
Sign writer Keith Pettit spent two days decorating Words on Wheels – our book-filled shepherd’s hut – with old-fashioned decorative signs. Lovely!
Bestselling crime writers Ruth Ware (Lying Game), Julia Crouch (Her Husband’s Lover) and Colette Mcbeth (An Act of Silence) took to the stage on 10 March 2018, with Patrick Easter (Watermen) chairing the event.
More than 50 people were entertained and inspired by their discussion. Topics ranged from plotting (don’t; do and use software; or do, but use a few meters of butcher paper) to the writing habits (using a computer; writing every day).
We threw open our newly renovated shop to the crowd, who sipped Madeira and met the authors after the talk. A lovely day, with terrific books and fascinating discussion – thanks to all who came, and thanks to all the authors for taking part!
We’re told (and believe it!) that the new colours on the walls upstairs at Prospero’s Project are the same colours used by the Suffragettes.
That makes us happy.
Here are some photos of the marvelous Darren Poppy, offering a hint of the new scheme. Now the bookcases will go in place and we can start loading them . . .
The threatened snow arrived today. Staff stayed home in droves. The contractors were busy elsewhere. What better time to snap some photos of the shop in unaccustomed white?
Upstairs at Prospero’s Project, the walls are going to be a gorgeous shade of . . . blue? Green? Discussions are on-going. Is Mad King George (a Fired Earth paint) an emerald blue-green? A sea-foam blue?
Regardless, with some colour-blocked Amysthest the effect will be eye-poppingly gorgeous!
In the yard, a few brave daffodils have poked their heads out. In our barn and in our Shepherd’s Hut (now dubbed Words on Wheels), a few brave books have ventured out of their cartons and on to bookshelves. Amazing!
We were honoured to come along to Jacqueline Wilson’s talk at Seaford Head School on 20 February. As usual she was a consummate professional, entertaining and inspiring an auditorium filled with young fans!
International Give a Book Day fell on 14 February this year. And despite the possibility of being distracted by Valentine’s Day, our customers funded 50 volumes for us to give children through our foodbank project!
We offered a choice of three books, aimed at different age groups. Thanks to an arrangement with our distributor, we can buy two copies of each book for the price of one!
We’ll be giving 18 copies each of Children of Blood and Bone and Winnie and Wilbur: The Naughty Knight, and 14 copies of Who Killed Darius Drake? – a total of 50 books, to provide hours of enjoyment for children in need.
Thank you, everyone who supported Prospero’s Project by giving books – what a great way to mark International Give a Book Day!