Many congratulations to Julia Blackburn. At a ceremony last night in Norwich Julia was awarded the £1000 prize as overall winner of the East Anglian Book Awards for her biography Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske published by Jonathan Cape.
Results of the FlipSide New Writing Competition sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors
The winners have been announced in the two categories of the inaugural award for new writers in the FlipSide-Gotelee New Writing Competition. The theme was A Sense of Place and the Natural World.
12-17 years old: Winner: An Elegy for a Drowned Town, by Isabel Brooks Runner-up: As the Birds Live, by Bill Anderson-Samways
18 years upward: Winner: Chalk, by Hannah Garrard Runner up: Last Look, by Robert Hambley
The judges were: Robert Macfarlane, writer, Lesley Dolphin, BBC Radio Suffolk, Chris Gribble, C.E.O. Writers' Centre Norwich, Liz Calder, artistic director, FlipSide
Liz Calder writes: “The judges were extremely impressed by the high quality of the entries in both categories. We were looking for writing that had vitality, humour, emotional impact and originality, and there were many entries which had these qualities. Indeed it was difficult to choose winners from such a wide range of talent. We were all delighted by the high standard of the writing. In the end, the use of language and elegant structure of Chalk and its emotional punch, and the zest and originality of An Elegy for a Drowned Town won the day, and the authors will receive the prizes of £1,000 and £500 respectively. The East of England has an extraordinary reputation for writing about the natural world, and based on the evidence of these entries, it is sure to maintain it.”
Congratulations to the winners and all who took part!
This year's FlipSide festival at Snape Maltings (2nd, 3rd and 4th October) is fast approaching. Full Circle author Julia Blackburn will be taking part during the weekend along with Esther Freud, Joanna Trollope, David Hare, Louis de Bernières and a host of other well-known writers from home and abroad. The festival is packed with music events including FlipSide's famous Opening Night Party with live band The Fontanas and two top World & Latin DJs Aroop Roy and Cal Jader. Saturday night features an exhilarating double-bill of music and dance with Cape Verde's most radiant singer Mayra Andrade plus The London Tango Orchestra with special guest, virtuoso Argentinian tango singer and dancer, Leonardo Suarez Paz. FlipSide is a festival for all the family with non-stop children's events, writing workshops, art exhibitions, storytelling and The Big Draw. The winner of FlipSide's New Writing Competition will be announced by Tim Dee and Patrick Barkham at their event A Sence of Place and the Natural World on Sunday at 2.30pm in the Britten Studio. http://www.flipsidefestival.org
Charity Art Auction. On the 26th July an auction of over thirty works of art will be held to raise funds in support of this year's FlipSide festival ( at Snape Maltings 2nd, 3rd and 4th October). Many well known artists including Maggi Hambling, Derrick Greaves, Annabel Gault, Ffiona Lewis, Ronald Searle, John Berger and Graham Crowley have donated works. Bids can be placed on-line if you are not able to attend the actual auction. Here is the link to the full list of works:
FlipSide festival this year (2nd, 3rd & 4th October) is launching a new writing competition for unpublished writers. If you have ever thought of becoming a writer here is the place to start...
The competition sponsored by Gotelee Solicitors has the theme: A Sense of Place and the Natural World.
Submit up to 1500 words of prose, fiction or non-fiction.
There are two categories: 12 to 17-year-olds with a prize of £500 and 18 and above with a prize of £1000. The winners will be announced at the FlipSide Festival, Snape Maltings, Suffolk on the 3rd October and in the East Anglian Daily Times.
This years judges are: Robert Macfarlane, best selling author and nature writer, BBC Radio Suffolk's Leslie Dolphin, Liz Calder, publisher and artistic director of FlipSide and Chris Gribble, CEO of Writers' Centre Norwich.
Entries by email or post must be in by 10th July. Information and full terms and conditions are on the Flipside website at: www.flipsidefestival.org
May 23rd at 6.00pm. The Aldeburgh Bookshop in collaboration with Full Circle will host a reading in the bookshop by Julia Blackburn from her Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings. All are welcome and wine will be served.
Julia Blackburn's Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings will be launched on Saturday 4th April from 5pm to 7pm at The Sailor's Reading Room, East Cliff, Southwold IP18 6EL. It will be a joint event with Jonathan Cape who are publishing Julia's Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske in April as well.
If you'd like to come along to meet the author and celebrate the publication of Julia's two new books please RSVP to Isobel@fullcircle-editions.co.uk
At the beginning of April we are publishing, in collaboration with De Bezige Bij in Amsterdam, Julia Blackburn's Murmurations of Love, Grief and Starlings, a meditation on love and loss written after the sudden death of her husband the sculptor Herman Makkink in 2013. The book is a paperback and the thirty three stanzas are presented in both English and Dutch. The poems are accompanied by thirty five colour photographs by Andrew Smiley of starling murmurations in the December sky over Walberswick, Suffolk. Take a look at our BOOK pages for more details. The release date has been chosen to coincide with the publication by Jonathan Cape of Julia Blackburn's new book Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske.
A great start to the year with David Gentleman's In the Country positioned at no.3 in the Guardian bestseller list. Also a full-page feature in Elle Decor (US) has brought the book to the attention of North American bookbuyers. The illustrated feature written by Articles Editor Peter Terzian describes the book as "...Gentleman's most intimate work yet, a testament to paying close attention to the world at one's doorstep." Following the success of David's recent talk at UCS several more are planned for early 2015 and will be announced here when dates are finalised.
David Gentleman is giving another illustrated talk at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich on the 18th December at 2pm following the sold out event at the Ipswich Reading Room. The talk is free and for more details follow this link https://davidgentleman.eventbrite.co.uk/ . The first edition of David's book In the Country has now almost sold out. It is being reprinted and will be back in the bookshops in mid-January. We have a small number of copies of that first edition, first printing, still in stock and these are available for purchase on-line only at our website shop.
David Gentleman is doing a series of talks about his book In the Country.
6th November 7.00pm at Diss Publishing Bookshop (01379 644 612), a joint event with Victoria Bacon: 22nd November 12pm at the Southwold Bookshop: 3rd December 7pm at the Ipswich Reading Room. This last Ipswich event is now sold out but another is being arranged at UCS for 18th December at 2pm. More details on that new talk to follow.
The event on the 27th November with Ali Smith, Gillian Beer and Jon Cook at the London Review Bookshop to launch After Sebald is now also sold out.
With a successful FlipSide festival now behind us here's a date for the diary. We are launching After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations at the London Review Bookshop (14 Bury Place, London WC1A 2JL tel: 020 7269 9030) on the 27th November. Jon Cook the editor of the book will chair a discussion and reading with two of the contributors, Ali Smith and Gillian Beer. More details and tickets at: http://www.londonreviewbookshop.co.uk/events/2014/11/after-sebald
We have had a very good response to the launch of In the Country. David Gentleman’s paintings and drawings from the book are on show at the Fine Art Society until the 27th of September and at the Private View there were many red dots in evidence. We are now in the final days of preparation for this years FlipSide festival at Snape Maltings - 3rd, 4th & 5th October - and have our fingers crossed for a sunny weekend. We have more free music and children’s art workshops this year and even a 5-a-side football tournament for all ages in partnership with the charity Street Child World Cup. It promises to be a great weekend of books, art and music, fun and lively conversation. Take a look at the programme of events on our website and we hope to see you there http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk.
Our next book is in preparation too, After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations, edited by Jon Cook, an anthology of writings on the late W.G.Sebald which includes contributions from writers John Coetzee, Ali Smith, Will Self, Robert Macfarlane and visual artists Richard Long, Tacita Dean and Tess Jaray. The 160-page paperback book is being published in association with the University of East Anglia and will be available in mid-November. The book will be launched in London and Norwich and we’ll announce the dates when the venues are confirmed.
Our new book In the Country is now at the bindery and will be published on the 11th September. This Full Circle original has been written and illustrated by David Gentleman and contains over 340 new paintings and drawings, mostly completed during the last 12 months. The book offers a stunning record of Suffolk’s towns and villages, countryside, coastline, flora and fauna as seen through the eyes of this internationally acclaimed artist. There will be a Full Circle book launch at Snape Maltings, Suffolk on the 11th September at which David will be signing his book. There will also be a selection of his work from the book on display that evening. If you’d like an invitation to our In the Country book launch pleased send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be a comprehensive exhibition of the new Suffolk paintings and drawings and a book launch at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, London W1S 2JT (tel: 020 7629 5116). The Fine Art Society Private View and Book Launch is on Tuesday 16th September with the exhibition running from the 17th to the 26th. Please contact the Fine Art Society if you would like to attend their exhibition Private View and In the Country book launch on the 16th.
Everything is full-steam-ahead for this years FlipSide Festival at the beginning of October. We have a really great line-up of literature, music, dance and art. Check out our programme of events on the website www.flipsidefestival.co.uk
How to Get Published - 7th May 1.00 - 2.30pm at UCS, Ipswich
Join literary agent Rachel Calder of the Sayle Literary Agency and Liz Calder, founder-director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions, for some first-hand experience and up-to-date advice on how to become a published writer. With a wealth of experience between them, Liz and Rachel will take you through the essential first steps to writing a book, finding an agent or publisher, and establishing a career in writing.
This free talk is open to writers at all stages of their careers and takes place on:
7th May 1.00-2.30pm
Room W119, University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich.
A new book After Sebald: Essays and Illuminations is now planned for publication in October 2014 with contributions from Gillian Beer, John Coetzee, Jon Cook, Tacita Dean, Tess Jaray, Richard Long, Robert Macfarlane, Will Self, Clive Scott and Ali Smith.
Over a decade after his death W.G. Sebald remains a major presence in world literature. He has a devoted readership in many different countries and this lively and accessible collection offers a series of different illuminations on why Sebald’s work continues to fascinate. Follow Ali Smith as she gets loosed in the translation of his work. Discover with Robert Macfarlane the arguments for and against Sebald’s reputation. Find out from Will Self why British readers might find him a ‘good German’. Think with John Coetzee about the recurrent psychological crisis that haunts Sebald’s imagination. These are just a few of the many discoveries, insights, and imaginative responses that this collection offers its readers. This is the book that readers of Sebald, new or old, need to take with them as they journey through his work. It speaks of and to the different experiences involved in reading Sebald, whether responding to the relation between word and image, or the question of what can and cannot be remembered, or the resonant character of voice and voices, or the strange networks and connections that make up Sebald’s texts. And then there are personal memories of working with Sebald by Tess Jaray and an enigmatic memorial by Richard Long.
The New Year gets off to a great start with David Gentleman’s An Artist in the Country going into production. This will be a companion piece to Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay and will feature David’s own writings and artwork centred around his house in the Suffolk village of Huntingfield. The 272 page full-colour book will be launched in early September. More details of the various venues and exhibitions planned will appear here nearer the time.
We are pleased to offer three collections of some of our most popular books at a 20% Christmas discount.
1. Literary Prize Winners 2013: This Luminous Coast and The Last Hunters.
2. Portraits of Rural England: Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay, Fenwomen and The Last Hunters.
3. Full Circle Fiction: Shire, The Angel Cantata and Wildtracks.
Full details on our BOOKS page.
Thank you for your support this year and watch out for our new books and activities in 2014.
Several Full Circle books in the pipeline for 2014 including a new work written and illustrated by artist David Gentleman which will be published in early September. More exciting titles to be announced at the beginning of the year.
Now the FlipSide dust has settled we can look back to a very successful first festival with an estimated 3,500 people attending our various events at Snape Maltings over the weekend. Here are just a few of the comments from festival visitors and our UK and Brazilian contributors:
“A milestone in the promotion of Brazilian culture in the United Kingdom” – Roberto Jaguaribe, Brazilian Ambassador to the UK
"A beautiful and successful event” – Milton Hatoum, Author
"…all the pizzazz of Paraty tucked into one of the most beautiful corners of England, Anglo-Brazilian amity, delightful organisers - only the coldest heart could resist." – Ian McEwan, Author
“A fantastic and popular event. I was staggered by the turnout ...Most other festival creators would give their right arm to have audiences like that after five years. The fact that you have conjured up such audiences in the first year speaks volumes ...” – Misha Glenny, Author and Broadcaster
“I can't remember when I last enjoyed a literary festival quite as much – certainly not since FLIP” – Kirsty Lang, Broadcaster
“Excellent level, friendly atmosphere, well organized … Count on me always” – Ana Maria Machado, Author and President, Brazilian Academy of Letters
“A total pleasure, the whole thing” – Ali Smith, Author
“It was fun and lovely … the people, the talk, the Brazilian guests, Snape and its still-summery landscapes … the general buzz of excitement and interest … a triumph” – David Gentleman, Artist and Writer
Watch this space for details of Flipside 2014!
Congratulations this evening to Jules Pretty. This Luminous Coast won The New Angle Prize for Literature.
Another of our books, Candy Whittome's The Last Hunters, was also on the final, six-title, shortlist.
The FlipSide festival programme is now complete and you can view an on-line brochure on the What's On section of our website: http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk/whats-on-at-flipside-festival.aspx
Ticket booking is through Aldeburgh Music: http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk
A great review of Ali Smith's Shire in The Independent: " .... You will want to read this book at least three times: once in a headlong rush of fandom; then with an internet connection and a dictionary of poetic terms; finally in a darkened room with the phone switched off and time to savour Smith's delicious, playful use of language. A truly bewitching collection."
You can read Katy Guest's complete review at: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/review-shire-by-ali-smith-with-images-by-sarah-wood-8679825.html
The London Review Bookshop have made Shire its latest Booksellers' Choice (18.07.13) ... "From one of our favourite publishers, this lovely volume contains four short stories by Ali Smith, one of our favourite authors, illustrated with images by Sarah Wood" http://email@example.com
Our festival programme for FlipSide on 4th, 5th & 6th October is now almost complete with some great literary names from Brazil and the UK confirmed. Writers include: Milton Hatoum, Ian McEwan, Patrica Mello, Adriana Lisboa, Bernado Carvalho, Will Self, Ali Smith, Ana Maria Machado, Blake Morrison and many more.
There will be two big evening music events in Snape’s famous concert hall, The Boys from Ipanema, a tribute to the creators of Bossa Nova, poet and lyricist Vinicius de Moraes and composer Antonio Carlos Jobim plus Just Adriana, an evening with one of Brazil’s most adored singer/composers, Adrian Calcanhotto.
Other activities include an exhibition of Ron King’s dramatic Brazilian Bandit sculptures; Urban Ritual’s Capoeira demonstrations “an exciting mix of music, dance, martial arts and Afro-Brazilian culture”; story-telling from Wonderful Beast and plenty of art and stories in our Family Marquee with international children’s authors including Gareth P. Jones and Fernando Vilela.
It will be a fabulous weekend complete with Brazilian street food and to cap it all we are publishing a book Other Carnivals: New Stories from Brazil which will be launched during the festival.
Go to our FlipSide website to view the complete programme and to book your tickets. http://www.flipsidefestival.co.uk
Two of our books, This Luminous Coast and The Last Hunters have been shortlisted for the New Angle Prize. At 7pm on the 26th June Candy Whittome and Jules Pretty, along with the other short-listed authors, will read from their books and discuss the qualities of the region that inspired them. The reading takes place at the Ipswich Institute Reading Room, 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich IP1 3AA. Tickets £7.50 from the Ipswich Institute http://www.ipswichinstitute.org.uk/NAP.html
Full Circle will be having a bookstall again this year at the 6th Maverick Festival, Suffolk’s great Americana and Roots Music weekend at Easton Farm Park on the 5th, 6th & 7th July. Over fifty artists are performing across five indoor and outdoor stages at the festival this year. For details of the lineup go to http://www.maverickfestival.co.uk
The Directors of Cambridge Wordfest and Full Circle Editions invite you to celebrate the launch of Shire by Ali Smith on Friday 31st May 2013. The event takes place at St.Peter’s Church, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AJ between 6.30pm & 7.30pm. There will be a drinks reception afterwards at Kettles Yard, Castle Hill, Cambridge CB3 0AQ 7.30pm to 8.30pm to which all are invited. There are limited places so please RSVP to Susannah Gibson firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Partyka is hosting a photography workshop at the end of May in Woodbridge, Suffolk. If you'd like more details go to: http://www.justinpartyka.com
Ali Smith’s Shire is now at the printers and will be launched at St. Peter’s in Cambridge on the 31st May. Details of the event and how to reserve a place will be available here soon.
Our FLIPSIDE Festival of Brazilian Literature and Music will be announced to the press at the London Book Fair on the 15th April. The festival celebrating the best of Brazilian culture will feature key writers, musicians and artists from Brazil and the UK and will take place on the 4th, 5th & 6th October at Snape Maltings in Suffolk, the home of Aldeburgh Music and a world centre of musical excellence. Twinned with the fabulous FLIP Literary Festival in Brazil, the weekend will feature stimulating literary events, music, dance, art installations and children’s events. Brazilian street food, caipirinhas and feijoada will bring a blast of “Carnaval” to the Suffolk coast. The programme will be announced soon on the festival’s dedicated website:
We will be officially launching our latest book The Angel Cantata on the 7th March (6.30-8.30pm) at The Gallery, (First Floor) Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SR. There will be a reading by author Jennifer Potter together with an exhibition of the accompaying images from the book by artist Ffiona Lewis. Email Genevieve at Full Circle if you would like to come - all are welcome.
Photographer Justin Partyka will be holding a photography and writing workshop in Norwich on the 2nd and 3rd March with Canadian writer Ken Mitchell. Details of this and other events are on his website: www.justinpartyka.com/#/events
To celebrate the start of a busy year we have reprinted Maggi Hambling’s The Aldeburgh Scallop as a high-quality paperback. Copies are available from our SHOP page from the 7th January. The first edition hardback is now out of print but there are still a few copies of the 100 signed and numbered special collector’s edition still available.
Jennifer Potter’s The Angel Cantata is now at the printers and will be available from the beginning of February. Jennifer will be in conversation discussing the novel with Full Circle’s Liz Calder at the PLACE: Roots - Journeying Home weekend at Snape Maltings 1st-3rd February. Other speakers at the event include Ali Smith, Ronald Blythe and Marina Warner, full details of the programme at: http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/place-home-suite
Preparations are now in progress for FLIPSIDE a celebration of Brazilian literature and music to be held this coming October at Snape Maltings. Twinned with the fabulous FLIP Literary Festival in Brazil our three-day event will feature acclaimed writers and musicians from Brazil and the UK, literary discussions, dance projects, children’s workshops and an art installation. Brazilian street music and food will all add to the festival atmosphere we will be creating at this iconic site on the Suffolk Coast. FLIPSIDE will have its own dedicated website - so watch this space!
A fine display of our books was spotted recently in Waterstones, Piccadilly under the caption, “Irresistible editions of first rate writing from one of our favourite independent publishers.”
As a Christmas treat we’d like to offer website visitors copies of our Body of Work: 40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA at the special price of £20 including postage and packing. To get your copy of “an essential 350-page companion for readers and writers” enter the promotional code UEA at the checkout.
The ended last night with named overall winner. It was the third year running that a Full Circle book had won its category but the first time we'd been awarded the top prize - many congratulations to author and photographer for , their first awarding-winning book!East Anglian Book Awards 2012 The Last HuntersCandy WhittomeDavid MorrisThe Last Hunters
Full Circle’s first novel will be going to the printers in December for publication early in 2013. Jennifer Potter’s story The Angel Cantata was inspired by a concert held during the Aldeburgh Festival on an American airbase in Suffolk. This haunting new work shows how complex human relations and the power of place can capture and inspire the musical imagination. In the tradition of Full Circle publications the book will feature beautiful, specially-done artwork by Ffiona Lewis.
Next year we will be publishing our second original fiction title, , by but more about that later...SHIREAli Smith
We are pleased to announce that has been shortlisted, in the section, for the fifth annual . The prize giving ceremony takes place at Norwich's Assemble House on November 15th.The Last HuntersNature and PlacesEast Anglian Book Awards
Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September. Two of our books are featured on the festival weekend at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
The Last Hunters on the Marquee Stage at 1.15pm "The Crab Fishermen of Cromer Tell Their Story" plus crab dressing demo followed by a reading and book signing at 2.30pm on The Quay.
An Artist in the Garden. Cookery demo at 2.45pm on the Maquee Stage with author Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Gerard King followed by a book signing on The Quay. The full programme of all events; live demos, workshops etc can be downloaded as a pdf on the festival website at www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
Lots of interesting things coming up over the summer.
The Maverick Festival 29th June - 1st July at Easton, Suffolk. We will have a book stall at the Maverick Festival this year for the first time. Great Americana music in a family-friendly setting... and now books too! Come and see us. For more details: www.maverickfestival.co.uk
Justin Partyka is running a series of photography workshops this summer. The two Nar Valley Workshops are on 24th-28th July and 25th-29th August. There are places for a maximum of 10 photographers on each course. For more details go to Justin's website www.justinpartyka.com or phone 07788 571964. Also in August Justin is running another photographic workshop based at Diss Cornhall. Details and booking on 01379 652241 or email email@example.com
There is a London launch for An Artist in the Garden on Wednesday 20th June at Heywood Hill, 10 Curzon Street, W1 from 6.00 - 7.30pm. Jason Gathorne-Hardy and Tessa Newcomb will be there and happy to sign copies of their book.
We are gearing up for the launch of another new book this month The Last Hunters: The Crab Fishermen of Cromer by Candy Whittome and photographer David Morris. The event will take place in Cromer on the north coast of Norfolk on the 19th May at The Red Lion. The launch starts at 6pm and if you'd like to join us and the authors (plus the fishermen of Cromer featured in the book) please let Genevieve know firstname.lastname@example.org. The book launch on Saturday evening is right in the middle of the Cromer & Sheringham Crab & Lobster Festival 18th-20th May. Lots of events over the three days including the World Pier Crabbing Championships!
As part of the Festival Candy Whittome and Dave Morris will be giving a talk and slide show about the making of The Last Hunters at 2pm on Saturday at The Red Lion Hotel on Cromer Seafront. A selection of Dave's photographs from the book will be on display too. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
There was a great turnout on the 19th April at White House Farm for the launch of An Artist in the Garden. The Alde Valley Spring Festival continues until the 20th May. One of the highlights will be The Big Spring Picnic on the 19th (11.30am-5pm) with its 100 metre long table "a table big enough to be seen from space". Check the full programme of events on the Festival website.
Lavinia Greenlaw's Audio Obscura has won the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. The £5000 Poetry Society prize was presented by Carol Ann Dufy. The judges said: "Audio Obscura was a groundbreaking work that fully captured the spirit of the Ted Hughes Award. The judges felt this was a particularly outstanding year with six stellar entries on the short list". Many congratulations to Lavinia from all of us at Full Circle.
Congratulations to Lavinia Greenlaw. Audio Obscura has been short-listed for the Ted Hughes Award for new work in poetry. The winner will be announced on the 28th March.
An Artist in the Garden by Tessa Newcomb and Jason Gathorne-Hardy is now at the printers. This full-colour 192-page book describing a year in the walled garden at Glemham House will be launched at The Alde Valley Spring Festival, White House Farm, Great Glemham on the 21st April.
Body of Work: Creative Writing from UEA, past, present and future. Join us for an extraordinary evening of readings, conversation and celebration to mark the publication of our latest book Body of Work. This free event takes place in the UEA Drama Studio on the 26th January. Readings start at 7pm followed by drinks and book signing. Please reserve your tickets on line at: www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/ We hope to see you there.
Jules Pretty is taking part in a weekend series of events at Snape Maltings on the 18/19th February. PLACE: Taking the Waters, curated by Gareth Evans, celebrates the cultures of place and the cultural meaning of water across the UK. Also taking part over the weekend are Robert Macfarlane, Ian Sinclair and Ken Worpole. More details from www.aldeburgh.co.uk/events/place-meaning-water
We are now preparing two new books for the early part of 2012. The first is The Last Hunters an oral history of the crab fishermen of Cromer in Norfolk with interviews collected and edited by Candy Whittome and illustrated with stunning B/W photographs by David Morris. The second features the work of artist Tessa Newcombe who spent a year painting and drawing in the walled garden at Great Glemham. The text for An Artist in the Garden by Jason Gathorne Hardy offers a month by month commentary on life in this spectacular and historic garden. There will be more news on these two books in January.
Full Circle featured prominently in Kathryn Hughes' Guardian Saturday Review article (03.12.11) on the return of beautiful books. Both Wildtrack and Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay were both illustrated. We are now down to our last few copies of the 100 signed and boxed versions of Ask the Fellows.
We had a very successful night at UEA London (close by Liverpool Street Station) celebrating the launch of Body of Work. Earlier in the day the BBC Today programme had mentioned the book and it's editor Giles Foden in an interview with Ian McEwan about the 40th anniversary of the UEA creative writing course. There was a real buzz about the evening launch with many of the authors, including Ian McEwan, present at the event. The book really is a great anthology and essential reading for both writers and readers. Congratulations to Jules Pretty! This Luminous Coast won the "Nature and Places" prize at the East Anglian Book Awards last night (3rd November) at the Assembly House in Norwich.
Jules Pretty's This Luminous Coast has been short-listed by the Writer's Guild of Great Britain in the Best Non-Fiction Book category. It is one of the three books nominated and the winner will be announced at an awards event on the 16th November.
Justin Partyka is having a month-long exhibition of his East Anglian photographs at White House Farm during October. The launch party for his new book Field Work will be held on 1st October from 12.30 to 4pm. The exhibition will be open each Saturday of the month from 11am till 5pm. For the programme of special events and talks call 01728 663531 - White House Farm, Great Glemham IP17 1LS
Two of our books have been short-listed for the EDP-Jarrolds East Anglian Book Awards which celebrate the best books about Norfolk, Suffolk and Fenland to have been published within the last year. This Luminous Coast in the "Places and Nature" category and The Aldeburgh Scallop in the "Art" section. The winners will be announced at a dinner in Norwich on the 3rd November.
Congratulations to Maggi Hambling for winning the EADT Reader's Choice award for her book The Aldeburgh Scallop at the New Angle Prize for Literature dinner on 7th September. The winner of the main prize of £2000 was Jim Kelly for his crime thriller Death Watch. Ronald Blythe's Aftermath was awarded second prize.
Audio Obscura at St.Pancras Station. Lavinia Greenlaw's free Artangel event takes place on the lower concourse, St.Pancras from 13th September till 23rd October (12 noon-8pm). "In the busy public spaces of London's St.Pancras International Station, everyday dramas are constantly being acted out; people waiting or rushing, engaged in conversation or lost in their own thoughts."
"There is a book in all of us" Yoxford Festival Literary Lunch with Liz Calder at Satis House. Sunday 21st August. Tickets from the festival website: www.yoxfest.co.uk
Coming soon - Body of Work: 40 Years of Creative Writing at UEA This collection, edited by Giles Foden and published in collaboration with UEA, features over fifty essays by many of today's most prominent writers including Ian McEwan, Rose Tremain, Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright. Publication is planned for November of this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the MA course in creative writing. The 350-page book will be available for pre-order soon.
has been short-listed for The New Angle Prize.Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop
Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop has been short-listed for . This biennial award is for a recently published work "of literary merit associated with or inspired by East Anglia.The New Angle Prize
A Shortlist Showcase, featuring readings and conversation with shortlisted authors, will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 5th July as part of the Ipswich Arts Festival. Tickets (£5) are available from the Ipswich Institute at 15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA.
The Winner and Runner-up will be announced at an Awards Dinner to be held at the Belstead Brook Hotel, Ipswich on Wednesday September 7th.
- a four week celebration of food, farming, landscape and the arts - is on from 23rd April-23rd May at White House Farm, Great Glemham. As well as a great programme of events there is a month-long exhibition of paintings, sculpture and photography featuring some of the artists we've worked with including Maggi Hambling and Justin Partyka. There is also a reading room at the farm where you can browse through and buy the full range of Full Circle books. Other events include a series of illustrated "mardles" or talks. Mardle 2: Jules Pretty on on Thursday 5th May 6.30pm and Mardle 3: Justin Partyka on his photographs for on the 12th May at 6.30pm. Booking is essential for these talks as spaces are limited. The Alde Valley Spring FestivalThis Luminous CoastFenwomenenquires@aldevalleyspringfestival.co.uk
The Oxford Literary FestivalDavid ScraseCambridge WordfestMary ChamberlainLiz CalderMaggi Hambling will be giving an illustrated talk about The Aldeburgh Scallop at two festivals this month. On Wednesday 6th at 6.30pm she will be appearing at - Christ Church: Blue Boar. On the 17th at 3pm she will be in conversation with of The Fitzwilliam Museum at in the Cambridge Union Chamber. Also on the 17th in the Cambridge Union Dining Room at 4.30pm will be discussing her book Fenwomen with Full Circle's . More details of these and other events can be found on the festival websites: and http://www.oxfordliteraryfestival.com/http://www.cambridgewordfest.co.uk/
Maggi Hambling's The New Angle PrizeThe Aldeburgh Scallop has been short-listed for .
Celebrate spring with two of East Anglia's finest writers at a Full Circle Editions Literary Lunch to launch by with special guest .Spring Literary Lunch
This Luminous CoastJules PrettyRichard Mabey
Join us for a delicious two-course hot lunch, with wine and coffee, at the Traske C
afé, Snape Maltings on Friday 8th April at 12.30pm.
Places for the lunch are limited and early booking is advisable. For more details and to purchase tickets, click HERE
will be in conversation with Virago's founder at The Aldeburgh Literary Festival discussing . The event takes place at 3.30pm on the 4th. 's exhibition is on at the Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March. All prints are for sale and the gallery is open each day from 10am to 5pm. Mary ChamberlainCarmen CallilFenwomenJustin Partyka"Black fen they call it..."
The Places Design Observer website is carrying an interesting essay and photo gallery of Justin's work for which you can view by following this link: Fenwomenhttp://places.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=24998
Justin Partyka and Bee Farrell are leading a weekend photography workshop on the 19th and 20th of March at Orwell Park School, Nacton, Ipswich IP10 0ER. Entitled Exploring Place with a Camera the course is open to a maximum of ten participants. The cost is £80 for the two days including food and refreshments. To book please send an email to: email@example.com
will be discussing his new photographs for at the in Ely on the 19th February at 2.30pm. The event is free and you'll have a chance to talk to Justin about his current work.Justin PartykaFenwomenBabylon Gallery
The Babylon Gallery in Ely is showing Justin Partyka's new series of photographs from Fenwomen entitled "Black Fen they call it..." from the 15th January until 27th February. Justin will also be giving a talk and answering questions about the project at the gallery on the 19th February. For more details call 01353 616993
Our new book, Fenwomen, is at the printers and plans are being made for events to launch the new title at the end of January.
Justin Partyka has an exhibition of his Fenwomen photographs at Ely's Babylon Gallery
from the middle of January until the end of February
.. Details of all the planned events will be posted here on our website as the dates are confirmed
Justin Partyka, who has taken the photographs for our next book, Fenwomen, due for publication at the end of January, has an exhibition of his pictures, Field Works, opening at Eleven Spitalfields Gallery, 11 Princelet Street, London E1 6QH on the 27th November. The Private View is from 3.30pm - 6.30pm and the invitation card says, "Come and join us for Tea and Cakes".
Justin is also taking part in a discussion with Sir Terry Farrell entitled Defining Place at Christ Church, Spitalfields on the 7th December at 7.30pm. Booking for the event is advised and more information can be obtained from the gallery at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maggi Hambling is doing a book signing for The Aldeburgh Scallop at Waterstone's bookshop, 15-19 Buttermarket, Ipswich on the 26th November at 6pm. Maggi will be giving a talk about her sculpture and there will be a question and answer session too.
Richard Mabey is appearing at the Southwold Literature Festival Ways With Words on the 12th November. For details of the complete programme of events go to their web site at www.wayswithwords.co.uk.
Our books are now for sale in the shop at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts on the campus of the University of East Anglia, Norwich. Entrance is free to the Centre's stunning permanent collection and there is a great selection of books and gifts available at the shop. The collection and the building by Norman Foster are well worth a visit.
The three main book launch/signings are now over for Wildtrack and The Aldeburgh Scallop. Maggi Hambling has been working overtime for us promoting her book, so much so that she now has her right arm in a sling while it recovers from R.S.I. Maggi's next event, now completely sold out, is at Gainsborough's House in Sudbury on the 19th November. It is worth checking with the box office for any ticket returns (01878 278 120).
Great news for us. At the Assembly House in Norwich last night (20.10.2010) Richard Mabey's The Barley Bird was awarded first prize in the Nature and Place category at the EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards. This was the first time we'd entered the Book Awards and we are thrilled with the result because it reinforces our belief that, bookwise, we are on the right track.
Two of the events mentioned below have been and gone with just Maggi Hambling's London launch on the 28th to come. Rose Tremain's appearance at The Aldeburgh Bookshop to launch her Wildtrack and other Stories went very well. The bookshop was crowded and those who came out on that chilly evening were rewarded with an informative talk from Rose on her approach to short story writing, followed by a reading from Peerless, one of the stories in her book.
A week later The Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh was packed to capacity to hear Martha Kearney interview Maggi Hambling about her new book The Aldeburgh Scallop. It was a great evening in a great and historic venue - the hall was the original site of Benjamin Britten's Aldeburgh Festival before it eventually moved to The Maltings at Snape. Maggi also appeared on Radio 4's Midweek (20.10.2010) to promote the book and will be giving an illustrated talk at Gainsborough's House in Sudbury, on the Essex/Suffolk border, on Friday 19th November. Call the gallery on 01787 278 120 about tickets. You'll have to be quick as they're almost sold out.This months book launches are fast approaching and if you'd like to come please contact Genevieve (email@example.com) to be put on the guest list. The first date is the 9th October (6.00-7.30pm) for Rose Tremain's Wildtrack at The Aldeburgh Bookshop. There are two dates for Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop, the 16th October (6.30-8.30pm) at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh where Maggi will be in conversation with Radio 4's Martha Kearney and a second event in London on the 28th October (6.00-8.00pm) at The Club at the Ivy, 9 West Street WC2. It is important to RSVP as places at these three events are limited.
Exciting news. Richard Mabey's The Barley Bird has been short-listed for the 2010 EDP-Jarrold East Anglian Book Awards, in the Nature and Places category. Writer Louis de Bernieres will present the prizes in Norwich on the 20th October. More details about the event and how to get tickets at: www.edp24.co.uk/content/edp24/lifestyle/east-anglian-book-awards/
Here are a couple of dates for Richard Mabey fans in the early part of September. Richard is appearing at the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere between 12.30 and 16.30 on the 5th September. This "Meet the author" book-signing event takes place in the visitor's centre and is free. Directions to Minsmere are on the RSPB website: www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.asp?id=tcm:9-258035
On that same afternoon a recording of Richard reading from The Barley Bird is being broadcast on BBC Radio Three at 16.45.
Maggi Hambling has an exhibition of her work "Mostly Cormorants" opening at The Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh (152 High Street) on Saturday the 25th September. The private view is from 12 noon 'til 14.00. The show is open every day until 12th October (10.00 - 17.00).
The exhibition Over the Moon - Artists and Full Circle Editions opens on Monday 13th September at Becket's Chapel, 2 Church Street, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0PH. This special preview of the show is from 7.00-8.30pm and all are welcome. The exhibition is showing work by five artists who have made books with us, Ron King, Derrick Greaves, David Gentleman, Jeff Fisher and Maggi Hambling. All the artists will be at the preview evening except Jeff Fisher who lives in France and unfortunately couldn't make it. So, a great opportunity to meet them and some of the authors we've worked with too, including Wymondham's own George Szirtes. If you miss the preview night the exhibition is open every day 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, from the 14th to the 26th September. For more details about The First Wymondham Festival of Literature go to www.wymondhamarts.com
If you'd like an invitation to the Aldeburgh book launches in October for Rose Tremain's Wildtrack and Other Stories (9th Oct at the Aldeburgh Bookshop) or Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop (16th Oct at the Jubilee Hall with Maggi in conversation with Martha Kearney) send Genevieve an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll put you on the guest list.
Our two new books, Wildtrack and The Aldeburgh Scallop are at the printers and the publication dates have been fixed. Rose Tremain's Wildtrack will be launched with a reading at the Aldeburgh Bookshop on the 9th October, and the following Saturday (16th) an event to celebrate the publication of Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop will be held at the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh. There will also be a launch in London for Maggi's book but the venue and date for this have yet to be finalised.
Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay has proved a great success and is being reprinted at the moment after only being on sale since March. It seems that a large percentage of people who have bought this new edition already have a copy of George Ewart Evans' 1956 original. The combination of George's text and David Gentleman's beautiful pictures have made this new edition a classic in its own right.
If you'd like to see a selection of the artwork produced for Full Circle's books to date there is an exhibition, Over the Moon - Artists and Full Circle Editions, being held at The First Wymondham Festival of Literature. The opening on the 13th September features original work by Ron King, Derrick Greaves, David Gentleman, Jeff Fisher and Maggi Hambling. Work will be for sale and it's a great chance to buy one of your favourite pictures from a Full Circle book. More details about the other events (writers featured include George Szirtes and Moniza Alvi) at the festival can be seen on their website at: www.wymondhamarts.com
The last few months have been exciting ones for Full Circle Editions with the publication of our new books, The Barley Bird: Notes on the Suffolk Nightingale by Richard Mabey accompanied by Derrick Greaves' striking images and Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay by George Ewart Evans, with David Gentleman's beautiful watercolours and drawings.
The Barley Bird was launched on Friday 5th March, at the Aldeburgh Literary Festival. The Jubilee Hall was packed and Richard Mabey gave an enthralling reading. The book was described in Val Hennessy's review in The Daily Mail (2nd April) as: "....nature writing at its most poignant, a treasure".
Derrick Greaves' suite of images for The Barley Bird, premiered at the Festival in the Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery, will be shown again in an exhibition of his most recent work at the James Hyman Gallery, 5 Savile Row, London W1S 3PD. This opens on the 10th June. The book will be for sale at the show and all supporters of Full Circle and fans of Derrick Greaves' work are welcome at the private view.
Our collectable edition of Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay marks the centenary year of George Ewart Evans' birth. The book also, coincidentally, celebrates the 80th birthday, in March 2010, of David Gentleman, whose watercolour paintings and drawings, more than 60 in number, grace its pages. David worked on the images all through the summer, autumn and winter of 2009 in Blaxhall, the Suffolk village on which the book is centred. Our book was launched at the opening of David's Fine Art Society exhibition on the 23rd March. The event was a great success for both the book and his work with more than half the pictures in the show being sold on that first evening.
A Suffolk event at Snape Maltings two days later proved to be an equal success with more pictures being sold and a great response to the book.
In addition to the main trade copies of The Barley Bird and Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay we are offering a special signed and numbered edition of 100 copies of each book, presented in a slip-case. These are priced at £39.00 and £50.00 respectively. Due to the great press coverage we've had there has been a very good response to the special signed edition of Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay and over seventy have been sold to collectors since publication at the end of March. If you would like one of these limited, signed editions before they all go please email by clicking the HERE button at the bottom of this page.
We are very pleased to announce too that apart from all the individual collectors The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, USA has started buying our slipcased and signed editions for it's Special Collections Library. This is one of the great libraries of the world and Full Circle are honoured to be part of their holdings.
Our new books for autumn 2010 are going the printers and include Rose Tremain's Wildtrack, a collection of four short stories set in East Anglia with a new introduction by the author and specially commissioned artwork by Jeff Fisher (the artist who created the Hare logo for us). Next up is Maggi Hambling's The Aldeburgh Scallop, her own account of the genesis, construction and installation of her controversial sculpture on Aldeburgh beach. Both these books are scheduled for publication in October. Fenwomen by Mary Chamberlain (an oral-history classic first published by Virago 35 years ago) with a new colour photo-essay by award-winning photographer Justin Partyka (check out his website in our LINKS section) will appear in January 2011 followed by Jules Pretty's This Luminous Coast in February/March. More information on these new books coming soon.
If you'd like advance notification of these and other new titles please click HERE