A will of July 1729, in “Stoke upon Trent”, with fascinating handwriting. The old fellow would likely have come-of-age in the 1680s.
“This year’s theme is “Vision”. Your story can be set anywhere, feature any characters, and be written in any style. The length is 1,500 to 5,000 words. Entries must be in English. The story may not be published elsewhere.”
Free entry for under 21s. Deadline: 6th July 2020.
Somehow, Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage has been allowed to become… “at risk of being sold privately, its contents dispersed, and artistic legacy lost.” The Art Fund is now trying to raise £3.5m by 31st March 2020 to buy it.
Update: it’s been saved.
A “Dreams of Nantwich” exhibition is on now at the nearby Nantwich Museum and runs until Saturday 7th March 2020…
The exhibition seeks to create the mythical and fairy tale story of Nantwich through its beauty and history. Presented in the medium of watercolour, the artwork concentrates on an imaginary vision of the town. … and also includes watercolour paintings of animals and fantasy creatures by the artist’s son Jan Obolewicz.
Three interesting-sounding British graphic novels, set for publication in spring 2020.
* Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontes. A visually inventive but historically-grounded bio-comic. How the Bronte family created their various local imaginary worlds, and what came of it.
* Once & Future, volume 1. Possibly PC and also a ‘TV series pitch’ comic. But the basic premise suggests some promise. A boy is trained by a former Monster Hunter (his granny) to combat a foe who has returned from the realms of Arthurian legend.
* The Stringbags. A full comics history of the Royal Navy’s Swordfish crews, by military-history comic makers who know their stuff.