Sunday, 17 April 2011

Bewick's Tyne

Sudheer Gupta's film Black River Business is the result of a year spent at Durham university's Institute of Advanced Study (IAS). Success in cleaning-up the  rivers of the North East is contrasted with the lamentable condition of the river Yamuna, Delhi. He calls the latter "a putrid black drain."

The Guardian's Blog, The Northener, highlights the description of the pre-industrial Tyne left in Thomas Bewick's Memoir.

"Black River Business pays tribute to the billions paid in the north east clean-up by Northumbrian Water, energised at every step by conservationist campaigners and volunteers to get the rivers back into the sparkling state described by Thomas Bewick. In his 18th century youth, the future engraver larked in the Tyne with his friends, enraging the local vicar by floating past the church on inaccessible rafts, shrilling out childish taunts."

Visit the Northerner Blog for details of the free premiere at the Tyneside Cinema on 19th April.
More details here.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Book Launch in the press

On Tuesday the 12th April the Bewick Society hosted a book launch at the Newcastle City Library for Nigel Tattersfield's "Thomas Bewick, The Complete Illustrative Work."
The book is in three volumes and is published by the British Library. See their website for further details. 

The Journal's Tony Henderson quotes June Holmes of the Bewick Society: “We wanted to honour 20 years of hard work on the author’s part. Thomas Bewick is a major artist for the North East and we wanted the book to be launched here rather than in London.”

The Journal's article continues:
“The workshop handled everything from engraved dog collars, soup ladles and brass clocks to 200 engraved swords for the Duke of Northumberland’s militia, and the book illustrations were really the tip of the iceberg,” said Mr Tattersfield.
“Bewick was running what was really an engraving factory as Newcastle developed and the book is the first exhaustive account of the illustrations turned out by the workshop.
“It has taken 20 years but I felt it was worth the time.”
During his research, the writer discovered illustrations by Bewick for an 18th century children’s Mother Goose book, which was then reprinted.
“It was one of the most important children’s books ever produced and Bewick was commissioned to illustrate it before he was famous,” said Mr Tattersfield."

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Tale-pieces in Dynamic Views for Readers

You can now view Tale-pieces in a number of new ways courtesy of Blogger's Dynamic Views.
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