The Speech I didn’t make at the ‘Book in the Hand’ Preview tonight

 

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Lovely preview this evening – the show looked stunning and friends and supporters came and stayed – and actually looked at the work!  I was chatting to visitors and totally unprepared for an off the cuff vote of thanks that Diana Milstein delivered to me, impromptu, generously; and when she said, at the end of it – do you want to make a speech? in my embarrassment I said No, firmly, to general laughter. Afterwards I wished I’d said yes, but the moment was gone.

I should have said yes because I would have expressed the following: – yes, it’s true I started the Dove Book group 17 years ago, and that this current exhibition stems from that initiative and the 17 years of teaching and facilitating since then. But in another, more important way, this exhibition is the fruit of the persistence and ever increasing expertise of the 13 members of the Artists’ Book Club (Dove), and of our group activities that foster creativity, ideas, laughter, and wonderful lunches. That’s what it’s about for me – the group, and what we can achieve when we work together. So thank you to fellow ABCDers; to everyone who came tonight, and to Nina and her staff and volunteers who were brilliant. I hope you read this.PV4

And please note: the show is on for 6 days only: Saturday 29th, and then Tuesday 1st August – Saturday 5th August. 10 – 5 each day. Two members of the group will be present each day to answer questions about the books, and maybe demonstrate a thing or two.

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5 comments
  1. Jane Paterson said:

    A huge thank you to you and Nina and Ama for displaying our work so well. I wondered how it would work in such a large space but you made it work wonderfully. It was such a good evening. Thank you again Bron for initiating ABCD and for all your inspiration and support. It has meant so much to me over the last 15 years! Really grateful to Di for expressing what we all feel. Jane xx

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  2. Jane Paterson said:

    Meant to say yes in last email to display in Glastonbury bookshop. Great idea. J

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  3. Hi Bron

    Is this the exhibition in Somerton?

    Sue x

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