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Autumn Newsletter

Posted on October 14, 2013

Greetings from a spectacularly beautiful, soft autumnal Cornwall.  What a fantastic summer it has been - warm and sunny day after day, where the sun has been ‘cracking the hedges’ – a lovely local phrase we have not been able to use for many a wet summer! Time soon to start thinking about Christmas – I have some lovely solutions for you here for both presents and cards and lots of Special Offers to help you save some money.

But first a bit of Evocative Cornwall news: there was great excitement here earlier in the summer (working on my own as I do, the excitement is contained to a celebratory cuppa mind!). The cause of this excitement was my Supermoon Rising above St Michael’s Mount photograph taken at the end of June, which went ‘viral’ on the internet with over 50,000 views on Facebook alone.  It was also published in a number of newspapers including The Guardian centre page double spread of Eye Witness photographs of the supermoon from around the world, with mine representing the UK! You can now purchase a card or limited edition print.

 

In September I was delighted and honoured to be asked to attend the annual Cornish Gorseth, held this year at Penryn, to accept the Gorseth award for Cornish Enterprise, "Cornwall Enterprise Trophy; for an outstanding achievement in Cornwall by someone showing initiative and attaining success. For your invaluable contribution to Cornish culture, as inspirational publisher or 'Kernow Hyrethek' (Evocative Cornwall) and supporter of the Hospice movement and St Petroc's."

The Evocative Cornwall calendar and Evocative Cornwall diary have indeed established a place in many people’s lives and on their walls, being bought year after year and being sent far and wide throughout the Duchy, country and world!  If you haven’t seen or bought them before do have a look at the beautiful photographs and other unique qualities they offer. And don’t forget all my products have been made in Cornwall – this matters very much to me – I hope it does to you too.

Thank you so much for your purchase and support of the Cornish Charity Christmas Cards.  Over £20,000 has now been donated to Cornish Hospice Care and St Petroc’s Society who work with homeless people all over Cornwall – this is really amazing! They need your help more than ever in these hard economic times, so I have produced three new Christmas card designs for you to choose from this year.

The beautiful and unique Newlyn Artists Calendar 2014 has been produced in association with Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance. Following the huge sell out success of the 2013 Newlyn Artists Calendar, do not delay in ordering your copy of 2014 Newlyn Artists Calendar. The film Summer in February, released this year, has partly inspired the choice of paintings in the 2014 calendar.  The film is based around a love triangle in the Newlyn and Lamorna artists colony prior to the first world war.  The painting ‘The Morning Ride’ by A J Munnings is pivotal in the film and I am delighted to say is on the front cover of the calendar! Also in the calendar is the Munnings painting of The Wink at Lamorna, and work by other Lamorna artists of that period including S J Lamorna Birch and Charles Naper.  Stanhope and Elizabeth Forbes, Harold Harvey, Henry Scott Tuke, Walter Langley and Norman Garstin are amongst the other Newlyn artists represented.

Painters, jewellery maker and potter, Ella and Charles Naper were an integral part of the Lamorna artists colony.  They were also my great aunt and uncle, I grew up in Lamorna in the house they built, worked and lived in.  I am delighted to offer you for the first time the opportunity to buy cards showing some of their work  - spectacular cliff scenes by Charles; beautiful flower paintings, jewellery and pottery by Ella. Also available the biographical book Art and Life at Lamorna by John Brandfield gives a fascinating account of their lives which were woven into the artistic fabric of Lamorna.

The book Upon High Hedges with my photographs and my son Michael’s poems, continues to sell and receive truly wonderful and touching feedback.  Having graduated this year with a First Class degree in Creative Writing, Michael has spent the summer as Lifeguard at Gwenver beach (next to Sennen near Lands End) and is off to the USA this month.  Earlier this year one of his poems was commended in the Poetry Book Society's T.S.Eliot student poetry awards.  Yes, I am a very proud mother, but beyond that, seriously, his poems are outstanding – lifeguard laureate today, who knows what the future holds for him...
Finally, do look out for all the Special Offers available, lots of ways to save some money on your purchases. There is free postage and packing for orders over £50.  If you order before 31st October I will include a free pack of Christmas cards and you will avoid the Christmas rush!
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