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A Bloomsbury Jamboree

November 24, 2019
by the gentle author


In gleeful collaboration with Tim Mainstone of Mainstone Press and Joe Pearson of Design for Today, I am organising a BLOOMSBURY JAMBOREE, as a one-day festival of books and print, illustration, talks and seasonal merriment on SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER from 11am until 5pm.

It takes place at the magnificent ART WORKERS GUILD, 6 Queens Sq, WC1, which was founded in 1884 by members of the Arts & Crafts movement including William Morris and C R Ashbee. These oak panelled rooms lined with oil paintings in a beautiful old house in Bloomsbury offer the ideal venue to celebrate our books, and the authors and artists who create them.

There will be book-signings and a programme of ticketed lectures, as well as live music and entertainment for all ages, plus we have invited twenty friends to exhibit, including print and paper makers, small press publishers, toy makers, bee keepers, potters and craft workers.

Genius inventor Tim Hunkin will be bestowing instant beatifications for the festive season – King of the Bottletops, Robson Cezar, has made fifty bottle top crowns for parties and celebrations – favourite illustrators Alice Pattullo and Paul Bommer will be selling their prints – silhouette cutter, Matyas Selmeczi will be doing free portraits – New Dawn Traders will be offering olive oil and other produce from small farmers in Portugal imported by sail power – Caroline Bousfield of Victoria Park Village will be displaying her own pottery, and Tessa Hunkin of Hackney Mosaic Project will bring small mosaics for purchase.

All our Spitalfields Life Books titles will be in stock and there will be opportunities to meet Eleanor Crow, Adam Dant, Doreen Fletcher, Suresh Singh, Julian Woodford and The Gentle Author who will be signing and inscribing copies of their books.


Art Workers Guild

Art Workers Guild

Art Workers Guild

Click here for a talk on JOHN MINTON’S COMMERCIAL ART by Martin Salisbury at noon

Click here for a talk on MEMOIRS OF A COCKNEY SIKH by Suresh Singh at 1pm

Click here for a talk on JOHN PIPER’S BRIGHTON AQUATINTS by Alan Powers at 1pm

Click here for a talk on SHOPFRONTS OF LONDON by Eleanor Crow at 2pm

Click for a talk on ERIC RAVILIOUS’ LOST PICTURE PUFFIN by Joe Pearson at 2pm

Click here for a talk on GHASTLY FACADISM in London by The Gentle Author at 3pm

Click here for a talk on MAPS OF LONDON & BEYOND by Adam Dant at 3pm 

Click here for a DARKTOWN QUIZ by Jonny Hannah at 4pm

Genius Inventor, Tim Hunkin in his workshop

King of the Bottletops wearing one of his bottletop crowns (Photograph by Sarah Ainslie)

Illustrator Alice Pattullo

Silhouette Cutter Matyas Selmeczi (Photograph by Colin O’Brien)

New Dawn Traders import produce to London from small farmers in Portugal by sail power

Caroline Bousfield makes pots in Victoria Park Village

Tessa Hunkin & Hackney Mosaic Project

13 Responses leave one →
  1. November 24, 2019

    I hope this all goes splendidly and only wish I could be of the party. When I win the Lottery – can’t be long now! – I shall move to London at once and be able to attend these beanos.

  2. November 24, 2019

    Greetings from Boston,

    GA, the Bloomsbury Jamboree sounds like a wonderful event with so many of your favorite artists.
    What a beautiful logo for the Art Workers’ Guild on the entryway. Hope all goes well…

  3. November 24, 2019

    What a wonderful idea (and perfect venue!) Wishing all a happy and successful day.

  4. November 24, 2019

    Tossing roses your way, from across the pond. Now THIS looks like the most festive event imaginable. If the Jonny Hannah poster is available for sale, please let us know. I am a great
    admirer of his work. Hurrah and huzzah!

  5. Saba permalink
    November 24, 2019

    Could the events be podcast? I read this blog — and it’s the only one I read — every morning. Sharing an audio link would be just terrific.

  6. Heather Cole permalink
    November 24, 2019

    So sorry to miss this amazing program! Hoping for a big lottery win, too, so I’d better start buying tickets.

    I’ll have to console myself with a week-long wander through Adam Dant’s Maps of London and beyond, which arrived in good order on Friday 22nd November. Glorious!

    Please let the author know that the book and the Spitalfields map which also arrived are the highlights of my season!

  7. Su C. permalink
    November 24, 2019

    GA –

    If wishes could be true I would some day be lucky enough to meet you and shake your hand and thank you for the brilliant efforts to keep the arts alive and visible.
    So, absent that, as an artist, I thank you. As an admirer of arts and individuality, I wish I could be there so see these people who have made their path and keep on it.

    Good luck with the festivities.

    Su C in California

  8. Pauline Taylor permalink
    November 24, 2019

    What a wonderful idea, we know just how much hard work and organisation goes into events like these so we wish you every success.

  9. Jill Wilson permalink
    November 24, 2019

    This sounds brilliant… I hope I can make it!

  10. November 24, 2019

    Would so love to be there, but have just had major surgery and not up to the long drive from North Yorkshire yet awhile. Have a wonderful event. The Art Workers Guild venue looks well worth a visit just for its own merits alone.

  11. Greta Kelly permalink
    November 24, 2019

    Will definitely be attending……..just changed my flight from Cork!

  12. Jennifer Blain permalink
    November 25, 2019

    Sounds like a spiffing jolly. Plan to be there

  13. December 6, 2019

    Hello ! Perfect works

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