News and events
Coming up in 2017
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David Luckhurst's Norwich Medieval Churches as Part of the City Landscape is being published to coincide with Flintspiration, a long weekend of celebration of Norwich's extraordinary legacy of medieval churches from 29 April to 1 May. The book will be launched at the Flintspiration launch at Norwich Cathedral on 28 April, and the Lasse Press will be running a bookstall all through the weekend (10am to 4 pm Saturday and Monday, 11.30am to 4.pm Sunday) at the hub church for events, St Peter Mancroft. David will be at St Peter's from 3 to 4 pm on Saturday to talk about his work and sign copies of his book.
There's more information on the Flintspiration programme on the Flintspiration website.
Robin remembers an extraordinary art school
In the broke, rationed world of postwar England, Bath Academy of Art was a wonder: an art school set in a beautiful listed building, with works by Gainsborough and Van Dyck in its gallery, and plenty of personal attention given by teachers who included some famous names. Robin Jesson, newly come from his National Service, understandably had a great time, which he recalls in At Corsham (in spite of the name, the school was at Corsham in Wiltshire, and not actually in Bath). It was launched in Norwich on 23 March.
Also coming up
Matthew Williams's Subterranean Norwich, coming in June, is a highly original book which combines geology, land use and archaeology (with lots of illustrations) to take an unique view of the city. It should provide new insight for even those who know the city best.
Photographer and film maker Clive Dunn takes a look at one of the Lasse Press's favourite themes, Norfolk churches, with atmospheric photos and an 'explorer's guide' (including maps and details of how to find them) of the county's ruined churches and related buildings.
Our final 2017 title heads slightly to the west. Francis Young, whose Abbey of Bury St Edmunds was a real hit for us in 2016, turns to his current home, Peterborough, and his second love (after ecclesiastical history) of folklore, to investigate the unjustly neglected subject of Peterborough Folklore.;
Hear our writers talk
You can hear Celia Miller talk about The Amiable Mrs Peach at four events in Norfolk in 2017. She will be talking at Norwich Castle Museum for the Friends of Norwich Museums on Thursday 9 February (at 2.30 pm), at Brundall Memorial Hall for Brundall Local History Group on Thursday 16 March (at 7.30 pm), to Thorpe St Andrew Townswomen's Guild at Heartsease Methodist Church Rooms on Thursday 6 April at 2.30 pm, and to the Friends of the Norwich Historic Churches Trust at St Martin at Palace, Norwich at 1 pm on Tuesday 24 October.
Matt Williams talks in Norwich on 25 April in St Peter Hungate's Last Tuesday Lectures series (6 pm, free admission) on 'Hungate's Z-factor and the lie of the land'; on 31 May to the Norwich Society Historians on the 1912 Norwich Flood and Subterranean Norwich (11 am, Stanley Cooper Hall, Charing Cross Centre); and at a Norwich WEA Day School on The Making of Mousehold: for more details on this click here.
On the shortlist
We're delighted that Susan Curran's The Wife of Cobham was shortlisted for the East Anglian Book of the Year (administered by Jarrolds and the Eastern Daily Press, with the Norwich Writer's Centre and UEA).
A fine launch in Bury St Edmunds, and some readings in Norwich
We had a lovely evening and an excellent turnout at Bury St Edmunds for the launch of Francis Young's The Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, and St Mary's Church was a fine setting. Here's author Francis with the abbot of Douai, who travelled from Reading specially, and some of the attendees.
Our second title for the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, Redundancy and Renewal, was also launched that weekend: here's the Trust's stall at St Stephen' Norwich for Heritage Open Days. And authors Celia Miller, Nick Groves and Susan Curran read from their titles at St Edmunds, Norwich, for the same event: here's Celia at work.
And a talk in another church
Susan Curran's talk on 15 September at Chrishall, Essex, birthplace of her subject Lady Cobham (and in the church, next to the brass to her parents), was very well attended. Particular thanks go to the local WI who provided tea and cakes.
A fine launch for our June 2016 list
Our June list – The Amiable Mrs Peach by Celia Miller, Of Churches, Toothache and Sheep, essays about medieval churches and related topics for the Norwich Historic Churches Trust, and Susan Curran's The Wife of Cobham, was launched on 15 June at the Norwich Writer's Centre, Dragon Hall, King Street. It's a privilege to be working in an UNESCO City of Literature, and it was a delight to be invited to its centre for our launch.
Guests listen to authors Susan Curran, Celia Miller and Nicholas Groves
Some of the contributors to Of Churches, Toothache and Sheep, l to r Susan Curran, John Beal and Nicholas Groves
The authors with their books: l to r, Nicholas Groves, Susan Curran and Celia Miller
Distributing our books
We're delighted to announce that we've recently appointed trade representation and a distributor. Lasse Press books are now distributed to the trade by Central Books and our trade representatives are Global Book Marketing.
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