Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Westerman Exhibition opens at Emsworth Museum

The exhibition currently on display at Emsworth Museum is the first time 'The Westerman Yarns' have staged a complete exhibition with books and ephemera, celebrating the life and works of the prolific writer of children's adventure stories, Percy F. Westerman.  The exhibition reflects his fifty year story writing career, illustrating how his interest in history and the Hampshire and West Sussex area, influenced and shaped his early writing.

I am grateful to everyone at Emsworth Museum for their kindness and generosity in hosting the exhibition.  James Priory, Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School opened the exhibition and in his address made reference to the school pride in having Percy F. Westerman as an 'Old Portmuthian'.














Left to right: Tony Stimson, Chairman - Emsworth Maritime and Historical Trust; Nigel Gossop, The Westerman Yarns; James Priory, Headmaster of Portsmouth Grammar School.

Photo: John Tweddell

Monday, February 24, 2014

Percy F. Westerman on Show

The Westerman Yarns touring exhibition will be on display in April at the Emsworth Museum.  If you have not seen the exhibition yet, try and find a weekend to visit. You won't be disappointed.

Emsworth is a lovely south coast town tucked away in the south east corner of Hampshire on the shore of Chichester Harbour. This is Westerman country; Percy loved the waters around Emsworth and wrote about them for yachting periodicals.  The photograph of the Emsworth Regatta was taken by Percy in 1904.

There are plenty of nice places to eat including my favourite cafe Driftwood – great cake selection!

‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author

Admission to Emsworth Museum is free and the exhibition and the museum is open - weekends and bank holidays
Saturday 5th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 6th April 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Saturday 12th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 13th April 2.30pm -4.30pm
Saturday 19th April 10.30am - 4.30pm
Sunday 20th April 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Monday 21st April (Easter Monday) 10.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday 23rd April (St George's Day) 10.00am - 2.00pm

Mid week school visits by arrangement.
Contact: Museum Administrator: 01243 378 091

10b North Street
Emsworth
Hampshire
PO10 7DD


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Westerman Seminar 2014 on tour

Plans for the fourth annual Westerman Seminar are almost complete.  The big change for this year is that, for this year only, we are moving destination from our established home at Portsmouth Grammar School to Wareham where Percy F. Westerman spent his last forty years, living and writing his exciting tales of derring-do for generations of young readers from his floating houseboat home ‘The Barge’ moored alongside the River Frome.

The seminar will be held in the Wareham Town Council Chamber.  As usual we will have a full programme of interesting talks from speakers including Dennis Butts, Dr Rachel Johnson and Michael Spilman.  In the afternoon we will take a short stroll from the Town Hall to the Redclyffe Yacht Club founded by Percy F. Westerman for an opportunity to view the exhibition ‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author and to visit the spot where his iconic home 'The Barge' was moored. 

For the third consecutive year we have kept the ticket price at £15.00 and as usual registration will include refreshments and a light buffet lunch.   There will be plenty of opportunity to network with other delegates and to see some Westerman related material from collections including The Westerman Yarns, the University of Worcester Research Collections and some of the Percy F. Westerman books held at Wareham Library Reference Section.

Please email westermanyarns@gmail.com for booking information.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter Issue 2

The second edition of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter has now been sent out to 'Friends'. If you have not received yours, please drop me an email.  If you would like to subscribe join Friends of The Westerman Yarns and receive a pdf copy of the newsletter, just follow the link in the right-hand column.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Westerman Exhibition

Westerman Yarns have been invited to display the Percy F. Westerman exhibition ‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Missing Author by the WW1 Remembrance Centre at Fort Widley on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November when the centre will offer free entry. 

This follows some Facebook comments and a letter in The News with criticism that the exhibition outlining the life and works of the prolific Portsmouth born children’s author had debuted at Havant Literary Festival in October and not in Portsmouth. 

I am very grateful to everyone at the WW1 Remembrance Centre for their kind invitation and for their support in ensuring that Percy Westerman and his Great War titles is a feature of their permanent display.

The exhibition is sponsored by J Edwards Funeral Directors (Bedhampton), Portsmouth Grammar School and Mercury Graphics of Havant.

Friday, October 18, 2013

News from The University of Worcester Research Collections

The University of Worcester Research Collections which includes the The Westerman Collection: The works of  Percy F. Westerman which has been an invaluable source of material for the annual Westerman Seminars has a new face.  Their new web page design is attractive and has an easy link to the Westerman Collection details and inventory.

The Alliance of Literary Societies

Despite all the things that I have said about following the words of Groucho Marx with his quote "I would never want to join a club that would have people like me as a member".  I am pleased to tell you that the Friends of The Westerman Yarns is now a member of the Alliance of Literary Societies (ALS). 

The ALS is the umbrella organisation, formed in 1973 for literary societies and groups in the UK.  Their aim is to provide support and advice on a variety of literary subjects, as well as promoting cooperation between member societies.