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Monday, January 20 2020: In memoriam

With great sadness the Society announces the death of our dear friend John Allsup. His contribution to our Society’s work and to children’s literature is immense. He was a unique gentleman, a talented artist with a tremendous sense of humour and anyone who met him will surely remember the occasion. We mourn his passing.

John’s funeral is on 30th January at 10.15am at Darlington Crematorium. Afterwards is going to be at Belinda and Martin Collins’ house so if you are planning to attend, please email Belinda so they have an idea of numbers: belinda@montsorreau.com

Second Literary Conference 17th April 2020
There are still a few places available for this, to be held on Friday 17th April 2020 at the Royal Victoria Hotel, St Leonards on Sea. There will be 8 sessions as follows –

1. Victor Watson - ‘Reading the Jillies
2. Lesley Pollinger, Malcolm Saville’s last literary agent
3. Julie Hall, with a survey of place in children’s literature
4. Dr Louise Joy, Senior College Lecturer at Homerton College - ‘“Face to face” or “side by side”?

5. David Shields – ‘Come to … Sussex? Malcolm Saville’s guide books’
6. Tony Gillam ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Books of Malcolm Saville’
7. Pam Kirkland – ‘Parenting in Malcolm Saville's books’
8. Barbara Harcourt - round table discussion

The cost is £35 full day/£20 half day for members (both to include lunch and refreshments), and £40/£25 for non-members.

Places can be booked by downloading the attached form and sending it to Joy Tubby.


Please note the date for this event has been moved back one week from that indicated in Acksherley! 69. It is now taking place, very appropriately, on the weekend of the Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair - see Forthcoming Events page.


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