Tuesday, 25 September 2012

ALEX FOTHERINGHAM 22 May 1940 - 14 June 2012

ALEX FOTHERINGHAM  22 May 1940 - 14 June 2012
There will be a Memorial Celebration on 2nd October at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle - 23 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne- close to Newcastle Central Station, (1:30 for 2:00 - coffee and tea served) from 2:00 to 3:00 followed by buffet food in a nearby pub - The Bridge Hotel -until 5 - 5:30. Further information or directions available from Anthony Smithson (anthony@keelrowbookshop.co.uk) / 0191 296 0664

Friday, 21 September 2012

John Jones talk in Lympstone, Devon

Thomas Bewick Talk

The artist-printmaker John Jones will be giving a talk in Lympstone Village Hall, Devon on the Vignettes or tail-pieces of Thomas Bewick.
The 18th century wood engraver is famous for his pictures of country life. His greatest achievement, The History of British Birds, also contains little vignettes, with humorous views of everyday incidents – a man fishing from the back of his horse, somebody drinking water from the brim of his hat, ducks waddling past a chap smoking a pipe as he leans over a gate. The tiny engravings tell us what it was like to live in England in the 1780s and 90s, and John Jones will show and discuss most of these wonderful pictures in the Village Hall on Friday 21st September at 7.30pm. The talk is presented by Lympstone Art Group.
Contact: Anne Crisp 01395 273211
Details here  http://www.lympstone.org/lympstone-art-group/thomas-bewick-talk/

Monday, 17 September 2012

Linnean Society Event

Thomas Bewick, Engraver and Naturalist

Lecture 3rd December 2012
Speaker: Jenny Uglow

Thomas Bewick (1753-1828) was not only a superb artist and innovator in wood engraving, but his work for Quadrupeds (1790) and especially for his History of British Birds (1797-1804), shows that he was also an excellent naturalist, a meticulous observer of birds and animals in their habitats. Using images from his work, Jenny Uglow illustrates Bewick's growing expertise, and also places him in the fascinating network of correspondence and exchange between amateur naturalists in the late eighteenth century, gentlemanly, scholarly and artisan.
Tea will be served in the Library from 5.30pm and the lecture will be followed by a wine reception.
This meeting is free and open to all; registration is not necessary
Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BF
You can find out about the Society and its other events here http://www.linnean.org/

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Keel Row Bookshop

Bookseller Anthony Smithson offers useful tips ahead of this year's York National Book Fair.
Date and time: Thursday 6 September 2012 at 7.30pm onwards. Refreshments provided.
Venue: The Keel Row Bookshop, 11 Fenwick Terrace, Preston Road, North Shields.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

No. 69 in the Greatest Geordies list

Newcastle's Evening Chronicle has been publishing biographies of great Geordies. Its a top one Hundred with figures from sport and entertainment rubbing shoulders with those from arts, politics. There are historical figures and contemporary ones. Thomas Bewick is at Number 69, that's one ahead of Gertrude Bell but 7 behind T.Dan Smith.
You can find the Chronicle's potted biography of Bewick here.
Here are some of those top one hundred names:
73 - Jonathan Edwards
72 - Terry Deary
71 - Charles Avison
70 - Gertrude Bell
69 - Thomas Bewick
68 - Charlie Spedding
67 - Cheryl Cole
66 - Bob Stokoe
65 - Hari Shukla
64 - Rowan Atkinson
63 - William Shield
62 - T Dan Smith