JANUARY: £1,000 TO TENTERDEN LIONS
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Tenterden Then & Now authors donate £1,000 to the Tenterden Lions from sales of their pictorial history of the town. A further £1,000 has been donated to the Tenterden Day Centre, and a number of smaller donations made to other local charities. The initial print run of 1,000 copies has now sold out.
MAY: MY BIGGEST INFLUENCE WRITING COMPETITION
Clare Marsh was the winner in our Biggest Influence Writing Competition in May. Her account of the discovery of her great great great-grandfather's life was a wonderful illustration of influence through the genes. Click here to read Clare's story and those of the five runners-up.
OCTOBER: BATTLE IN PICTURES LAUNCH
On 27 October, Battle in Pictures was jointly published by YouByYou Books and the Battle Museum of Local History. The book documents the history of the town in a series of pictures, capturing life on the High Street, at the Abbey, on the playing fields and... in the pubs. The book is on sale from the Museum, in retail outlets and from YouByYou. Click here for details.
APRIL: WORLD BOOK NIGHT
Anna Foster gave away copies of Touching the Void by Joe Simpson on Monday 23 April as part of World Book Night 2012. The book is a thrilling account of a mountaineering accident set in the Siula Grande range in The Andes.
On a very dreary, wet afternoon Anna drove to HMP Blantyre House and HMP East Sutton Park in Kent to give six copies to each prison. Blantyre House runs a book club and both prisons have libraries, so they were delighted with the gift. Anna then took six copies to Homewood School in Tenterden and joined other book givers, handing out books to pupils and local people. All in all, a very satisfying afternoon, seeing the pleasure on people's faces as they received their books.
APRIL: BATTLE ABBEY SCHOOL CENTENARY BOOK LAUNCH
A Celebration of Battle Abbey School 1912-2012 was published on Saturday 21 April 2012. Pupils and staff gathered in the library for the launch, and Old Girl, Jo Henry, welcomed the publication of the book, amusing her audience with stories of her time at the school. Jo and her two sisters attended BAS in the 1970s and her father, Colonel M.W. Henry MBE, was Chairman of the Governors.
A copy of the book has been sent to the Queen, to mark her Diamond Jubilee and to recall her visit to the school in 1966. Saturday, 21 April was also the occasion of her 86th birthday.
YouByYou Books was responsible for the production of the book; Anna oversaw the project and edited the letters and recollections, and Alison created a colourful, magazine-style design. YouByYou's thanks go to Uta and Monica at the school for collecting the memoirs, newspaper clippings and photographs, and for making the publishing process so enjoyable.
Copies are priced at £12. Please email here for details.
Anna joined Kay Green of Earlyworks Press and artist Reem Acason for a workshop at Battle Fine Art Fair 2011. Called The Story Behind the Picture, writers and artists discussed the stories which inspire their work.
Anna (left) gave a copy of Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, to Jenny at World Book Night on 5th March. She gave away 48 copies at Gatwick Airport.
Biddenden in Pictures was published by Biddenden Local History Society.
Anna gave a talk at Battle Contemporary Fine Art Fair as part of the Words and Pictures evening.
Anna talked about life-story writing to the Isle of Sheppey Fellowship.
Anna gave a presentation at the Society of Authors’ Digital Day for Authors, Hawkhurst, Kent.
YouByYou Books at “Books Born in Hastings” event.
YouByYou ran a life-story writing workshop at Dartford Library.