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We have been publishing, promoting and marketing our unusual and worthwhile titles
since 1987. But please note that
OUR PUBLISHING PROGRAMME IS NOW CLOSED.
This is because, although I still have books to sell, as you will, I have gone back to my own writing. I am also planning to give more POETRY READINGS, WITH WORKSHOPS (if requested) to ADULTS, as well as to children.
Go to NEWS FROM SANDRA AT SMH, to read a wonderful Recommendation, posted recently on a social-network site, by a fellow-poet, friend and colleague of 40 years' standing.
THE PEOPLE'S BOOK PRIZE - THE SAGA CONTINUES...
This lovely photograph was taken while
I was reading 'The Rat'.I read with much interest in the WEST SUSSEX GAZETTE that Tom Hempenstall, former publisher of Metal Bulletin, is the new Master of Stationers, and thus we have a Sussex resident in that distinguished position.
Inevitably, it reminded me of that glamorous May evening up in the City of London.
I had been invited, as his publisher, to represent the late Sir Patrick Moore, a Finalist for The People's Book Prize with WITHIN THE GLADE his Poems for Children - of all ages!
The Awards Ceremony was held in the Stationers' Hall of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers. Before the Reception, I was filmed, talking about Sir Patrick and our long friendship, WITHIN THE GLADE, and my own work as a writer and poet. (go to The People's Book Prize, and click on YouTube). At the Reception, I was introduced to The Prize's Patron, Sir Frederick Forsyth, CBE.
WITHIN THE GLADE did not win a Prize , but I was introduced, at the Awards Ceremony by the compere for the evening, Rupert Parry Jones,
former publisher and now a publishing consultant. After saying a few words about Sir Patrick and WITHIN THE GLADE, he invited me to go to the podium, say my own few words (I managed to keep it brief!), then read his favourite poem from the book: 'The Rat'! That was a great honour for him, and the loud applause that followed very
This was followed by dinner in the beautiful 17th Century
banqueting hall of the Company.
Sandra Saer with Chris McKane,
still laughing, after the Awards dinner!I sat between my youngest son, Orlando, minister of a Southampton Church (who had been asked to say the Grace) and Christopher McKane, a former Master of Stationers, and retired managing director of The Times. A stimulating and amusing conversation ensued! It was interesting to discover that both Chris and I had started our careers as reporters on local newspapers. In my case, it was the CHESTER CHRONICLE, in his the OXFORD TIMES
The picture with Christopher Mckane, (see lower picture to the right), was taken in front of the magnificent gilded fireplace. Christopher, a former Master of Stationers, had told me that much of the hall had been flattened by bombs during World War 2. Miraculously, the fireplace had remained intact.
So - when I read that, among other far-seeing projects as Master, Mr Hempenstall intends to continue to maintain the banqueting hall, that struck a very special chord!
Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS
Patrick, who died on 9 December, 2012 was a friend of mine for almost 40 years.
We met when I worked at BBC Publications. Together, we promoted two editions
of his book, The Sky at Night.
During that time, he invited me to take my four, then small, children over to Selsey
where, with great excitement, they walked with him among the telescopes in his
garden. He explained what they were for and invited the children to look through
them. A true Selsey Adventure! He never married and had no children of his own,
but he always loved their company and sharing things with them.
It was children who first inspired the poems he wrote for WITHIN THE GLADE.
Many tributes have been paid to him over the last few days, most connected with his
legendary position as The Master Stargazer for all those decades.
My own memories are of Patrick as a man, with whom I could chat on many subjects,
usually unconnected with the stars! I remember he asked me recently: "Do you like
avocados?" "Yes," I said. "And what do you make your sauce with?" he enquired. I
loved his kindness, sense of fun, and the spirit of friendliness which never left him.
On asking him how he was in hospital, he said "Not too well" (an understatement, so
that one should not be worried), ending our conversation with "Goodbye, my dear".
I never saw him again. But, do you know, my sadness is tinged with relief, because
he knew it was time to go, and didn't really mind. We are the ones who minded.
On the night of 9 December (the news of his passing had come through that
lunchtime), I lay in bed, thinking of him. I looked up into the dark night sky and there
was the brightest star I have ever seen, flashing and twinkling joyously. I said "Hello, Patrick" - because up there is where he always wanted to be. S.S. x
2012 UNITED NATIONS YEAR OF THE CO-OPERATIVES
Last year presented a golden opportunity to raise global awareness of the Co-operative Movement's pioneers. My late brother, Roy MacGregor-Hastie, was one of them
In the early 1960s, Roy went to live for a while in the impoverished heartland of North-west Italy. There, despite political suspicion, and the hostility of the very peasants he wanted to help, he succeeded in bringing them real prosperity.
He became known affectionately as "Signor Roy", and wrote of his experiences in a captivating book - SIGNOR ROY.
THE CO-OPERATIVE NEWS published a major, illustrated feature about SIGNOR ROY and the book's significance, in its 23 October-6 November 2012 Special Issue. It highlighted the Co-operatives United Festival to be held, in the UN Year of Co-operatives, in Greater Manchester, and Rochdale - the designated World Capital of Co-operatives.
I am still determinedly LOOKING FOR SPONSORS to help me finance the reprinting of my brother's book! I only need TWENTY SPONSORS
to provide £100 each, or FORTY SPONSORS to provide £50 each. This will cover changes, including a list of all the sponsors with their contact details, an updated Introduction, printing, and marketing costs.
THE CO-OPERATIVE NEWS has a major, illustrated feature about SIGNOR ROY on its website.
The link is:
S. M. H. S.
THE LUCKY ONES I am still looking for a TV or radio 'home' for these important Plays inspired by, and based on the Eight Beatitudes.
See NEWS FROM SANDRA AT SMH for more details of my own projects.
SMH DATES AND VENUES 2013:
|Until further notice|
CRAFTER'S CORNER at TRADERS Indoor Market, The Old Sorting House, Clifton Road, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 5AS
Sunday, 13th October, 11am - 5pm
Autumn Foraging and Estate Life eventĀ Parham House and Gardens, Storrington
Saturday, 19th October, 9am - 1pm
Arundel Food Festival Farmers' Market
Sat-Sunday, 16th-17th November
Christmas Market, Weald & Downland Museum
(I'm on the stall shortlist)
Saturday, 7th December
Petworth Christmas Market
Over more than twenty-five years we
national and international reputation for the effective Script
Assessment, Editing, Publishing, Publicising and Marketing and Selling
of books. Ever-increasing enthusiasm and respect was
booksellers and readers alike, for publishing just a few lovely books:
memoirs, unusual anthologies, and poetry. We took great care in the making of a book,
processes, from script assessment and editing to illustration research,
and ultimate overall presentation. Our bookjackets and covers have been especially
a book looks attractive from the outside, there's a
good chance the
potential buyer will want to look inside!
Window Space by Sandra Saer