Celebrate the importance of the sketchbook in this evening of illustrated talks as The House of Illustration launch Martin Ursell’s ‘Keeping Sketchbooks’
Sketchbooks are vital to the work of illustrators, artists, designers and even medical professionals. Come along for an evening of talks to celebrate the publication of Martin Ursell’s new book Keeping Sketchbooks.
Hear from three of the book’s nineteen contributors. John Vernon Lord will share his spectacularly detailed and brilliant sketchbooks of doodles and jottings complied over fifty years. Phil Carter of Carter Wong studio gives us a rare opportunity to view his stunning reportage sketchbooks. And hand surgeon Donald Summat provides insight into his immaculate working sketchbooks complied during operations and consultations.
The book will be available in the shop for signing, and Martin Ursell is offering a free copy of his limited edition Zootime, featuring a selection from thirty years of zoo drawings to anyone buying the book.
The first in a new season of Open University Book History Research Group seminars, “Travelling Books and Readers in the Long Eighteenth Century,” will be held at Senate House, London (room G35) on Monday 7 March 5.30-7.00 pm. Prof. Peter Sabor (McGill University) and Dr. Gillian Dow (University of Southampton) will be giving a joint presentation entitled “Jane Austen Alone in the Library: The Books at Godmersham Park.” Their paper reports on a project to locate and identify books from the library that were read by Austen herself, as well as other members of the wider Austen family.
Written by Ian Hislop (the editor of Private Eye and a team captain on ‘Have I got News for You’) and his long-term collaborator Nick Newman (a satirical cartoonist for The Sunday Times and Private Eye), ‘Trial by Laughter’ is a comedy drama based on the real transcripts of the trial of William Hone in 1817.
William Hone is the forgotten hero of free speech in Britain. He was a bookseller, publisher, printshop-owner and satirist – George Cruikshank was his friend and collaborator . In 1817, he stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy and seditious libel’. His crime was to be funny. Worse than that he was funny by parodying religious texts. And worst of all, he was funny about the despotic government and the libidinous monarchy.
Original music by Conrad Nelson Director/Producer Gary Brown