Saturday, July 11, 2015

Percy F. Westerman books at Portsmouth City Museum

A Hard Choice is a major exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum which explores the stories behind Portsmouth’s collections of art and design.

 What do a Turner watercolour, a 13th century cosmetic jar and a gramophone painted by Dora Carrington have in common?  They were all acquired for Portsmouth Museums during the curatorship of Rosalinda Hardiman over the past 35 years. Rosalinda is the ‘Queen of Eclectics’, a curator with wide ranging interests and full of arcane and quirky facts.

Showcasing the diversity of Portsmouth's collections, Rosalinda reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly.  Many items have not been displayed for over thirty years, including prints by Walter Sickert. A group of fifteenth century ceramics from south-east Asia will be on show for the first time in this exhibition.

Community Collections Showcase
Visitors to
A Hard Choice are also able to see highlights from three collections owned by Portsmouth residents.  The collections were chosen from the entries in a public competition and will be shown in turn in the Community Collections Showcase:

 
Percy F Westerman
(1876 - 1959)
21 July to 27 September
Books from The Westerman Yarns Collection demonstrating changing trends in book cover illustration. 
You will also be able to see a short video of yours truly discussing why he collects books by Percy F. Westerman; my wife is quite interested in seeing this!

 

Westerman Yarns Newsletters

Membership of The Friends of The Westerman Yarns is still free of charge and all subscribers receive free complimentary reduced resolution pdf copies of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter.  The newsletters are now available as high resolution, full-colour, satin finish magazines.


















May 2013, Issue 1:               £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
November 2013, Issue 2:    £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
May 2014, Issue 3                £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
November 2014, Issue 4:    £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
May 2015, Issue 5:               £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50

All five issues                       £17.50 plus UK postage £2.50

I am happy to obtain quotes to post overseas.  Please email me at westermanyarns@gmail.com.

The next issue of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter will be available November 2015.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The new name for the old Westerman Seminar - see previous entries


Shock!, Horror! The Westerman Seminar has a New Name

As some of you may know, for the past few years I have struggled with the name of the annual Westerman event in Portsmouth.  The Westerman Seminar, as it has been known, was a title which I gave it when we staged the first seminar back in 2011.   Criticisms have centred around whether the word ‘seminar’ puts people off by sounding too academic and stuffy; those of you who know the event will confirm that it is far from that. 

The new event title is The Ripping Yarns Literature Day.  This will allow us to continue to keep Percy F. Westerman firmly at the heart of the event, but give us the opportunity to include and welcome other authors of the same genre and to explore some of the topics covered in the mix of ‘Ripping Yarns’ style adventures. 

 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Annual Westerman Seminar 2015


 The Ripping Yarns Literature Day
A special day of talks and presentations celebrating the life and works of Percy F. Westerman, his contemporaries and the 'golden age' of adventure writing for children

Saturday 14 February
10am  -  4pm
at

 The Memorial Library
The Portsmouth Grammar School

 A full programme of talks, discussions and displays

Programme

Whatever next: an update on new research into Percy F. Westerman
by Nigel Gossop

Biggles and the Hun: Learning to fly, quickly!
by Alan Blatchly

Living Together Again: a look at three books all set , Back Home, Cuckoo in the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam.  These books are set in 1945 and 1947.
by Michelle Magorian

The Black and Grey: Children's Fiction of the Two World Wars.
by Dennis Butts

Diving for Treasure: the real pioneering science of deep-sea diving.
by Dr John Bevan

Westerman and the Great War: Fact and Fiction.
by Nigel Gossop
 
Places at the seminar are £15.00 and include a buffet lunch.  To book, please contact The Westerman Yarns:
email. westermanyarns@gmail.com. or Tel: 023 92 37 55 94.

 We are only a 10 minute walk from Portsmouth Harbour Station and free parking on site

Portsmouth Welcomes Home the Forgotten Author

Percy F. Westerman celebrated in his home city of Portsmouth with an exhibition at the Portsmouth History Centre in the Central Library.

The exhibition ‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author charts the life and works of Portsmouth born children’s adventure writer Percy F. Westerman. 

Portsmouth promotes itself as ‘The Home of Great Writing’ and Westerman’s contribution was significant, but this is the first time our touring exhibition has been shown in his home city.

Nigel Gossop, the founder of The Westerman Yarns said “I am delighted that the Portsmouth History Centre have chosen to host this exhibition; this is a wonderful opportunity to show Westerman’s work to a wider audience.  Percy loved Portsmouth and often used it as a location in his books.”

The exhibition dates are from Monday 5 January until Monday 2 February, 2015.   Opening hours will follow Portsmouth History Centre normal opening hours, please check their website for details.

There will be a talk entitled A Lifetime of Writing Adventures at 11am in the Doyle Room at the Portsmouth History Centre on Tuesday 20 January at 11am.  Admission to the talk is free, but advanced booking is advised and can be made through any Portsmouth City Council library.

The Portsmouth History Centre
Central Library
Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
PO1 2DX

In addition, Cosham Library is hosting a ‘one-day only’ exhibition Westerman’s Great War Adventures on Friday 23 January from 10am – 4pm with a talk entitled Fact and Fiction, Stories from the Great War at 2.30pm.  Admission to the talk is free, but advanced booking is advised and can be made through any Portsmouth City Council library.

Cosham Library
Spur Rd,
Cosham,
Portsmouth,
PO6 3EB

Note:
If you are planning a group visit to the 'Ripping Yarns' and the Tale of the Forgotten Author exhibition, I am happy to meet with groups for a short presentation/talk.  Please contact the Portsmouth History Centre who will be happy to arrange this.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter


The next edition of the Westerman Yarns Newsletter will be sent out very soon.  To be sure of getting yours, join the Friends of The Westerman Yarns by following the link in the right-hand column.  There are no fees or subscriptions to pay and your details will not be shared or sold to any other organisation.