Added to Creative Stoke, 21st September 2011

The annual North Staffordshire “Let’s Do Business” expo is back in 2011. 100 local businesses will be at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, on 8th November 2011. In previous years this has been strictly “businesses only” — business support organisations have been turned away on enquiring about stands.

The Legacy of Susie Cooper” is a Wedgwood Museum Friends’ Event on 25th September 2011 (2pm-4pm) in the Museum’s Education Room. £7.50 for members, £9.50 for non-members…

“The legacy of Susie Cooper” is the subject of the Friends Lecture on 25th September 2011. Susie was always surprised that her cups and saucers should find themselves in museum showcases as well as on the table. Miss Cooper also has a few surprises for us when we take a look at her technical prowess using the trials and prototypes which she so kindly donated to the museum before she left for the Isle of Man in 1986.

Added to the Directory: Janet Sutton, a Chapterhouse trained proofreader based in Staffordshire.

Added to the Directory: Alive HQ, a well-equipped new music studio in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Stoke-on-Trent band All The Young have officially signed to Warner Brothers Records, and they have an E.P. out on the 10th October 2011, preceded by a gig at The Kings Hall in Stoke Town on 8th October.

The Edwardian Electric Picture House in Congleton has been taken over by local artists and they’re putting in artists’ studios and an exhibition space. The project is supported by a £400 grant from Congleton Town Council. Chris and his friends hope to have the new venue open by the end of 2011. Video…

Your editor now has two new books available as ebooks for the Amazon Kindle ereader. Lovecraft in Historical Context: further essays is a 31,000 word collection of essays on the life and times of author H.P. Lovecraft, fronted with my new original short story “The Quest to Azathoth” — so by downloading a free 10% sample from Amazon you’ll be able to read the first half of the story for free. Also available is my Walking With Cthulhu: H.P. Lovecraft as psychogeographer, New York City 1924-26 which weighs in at 51,000 words. You can also download it free as a PDF.

The Friends of The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery are hosting a talk by author Matthew Rice on 23rd November 2011 (7.15pm) on The Lost City of Stoke-on-Trent. Signed copies of his book, of the same name, will be available. Contact the Museum for full details.

2011’s Reginald Haggar Memorial Lecture at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery will be given by Stoke-on-Trent M.P. Tristram Hunt, on “Priestley‘s three Englands, Haggar‘s six towns”.
The venue is The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, 5th November 2011 from 2.30pm. Contact the Museum for full details.

Guided tours of the Nicholson Institute (Stockwell Street in Leek) are available during September 2011. The building is a purpose-built late Victorian library and art gallery, by the Leek architect William Sugden. It is of Queen Anne style with original Arts and Crafts features in the interior and on the exterior. Tours only available by prior arrangement for groups of 4 persons or more. Contact Cathy Braddock tel: 01538 483206. The Institute still functions for its original purpose, and in Sept-Nov 2011 hosts Inspired by Flora — an Midland Textile Forum textiles exhibition celebrating both familiar and exotic flowers and plants which have inspired artists and textile designers throughout history.

The town of Leek is having a Silk & Celebrities week, with plenty of fabric-related adult creative workshops in early October 2011. The full programme is available here (Word .doc file).


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