In celebration of our 20th Anniversary and coinciding with the fact that we have just published our first two children’s books, we are pleased to announce that the 24 New Road venue will feature something for everyone this year!
Learn about photography! Come and meet Professor Ignatius Lumen, a friend of the famous William Henry Fox Talbot who will introduce the wonders of the new art known as ‘photography’. You will be amazed at pictures made by the power of light alone and the miracle of stereoscopic viewing. You will marvel at images of Queen Victoria herself, taking tea, beheld through the medium of the marvellous ‘magic lantern’. He will also have on sale and for your delectation copies of his new work on the first book in THE WORLD to be illustrated by photography – produced in our own town of Reading by none other than Fox Talbot himself.
New this Spring are: Reading Detectives (a children’s quiz guide to historical Reading) and The Owl and the Pussycat and the Turtles of Fun (the back story and sequel to the famous tale). To lure children to our bookshop (!) we are holding an open mic event at 3pm each day (for half-an-hour or so) at which anyone under the age of around 18 is invited to read from her or his own poetic compositions. Hosted by Peter Robinson, TRP’s Poetry Editor, this is an opportunity for all would-be poets to hone their reading and performance skills. It will be weather-dependent.
Stamp with our historic rubber stamps! Another project we have been working on this year is the digitization of the 986 images we’ve printed from the carved rubber stamps left to us by Peter Hay. Thanks to the help of students in Reading University’s Department of Typography, we now have them all in an easy-to-use archive. You can have a go at making your own print using the historic rubber stamps and pick up printing tips from our resident expert, Sally Castle.