Monday 24 September 2012

Grow Your Tenner on

Local Giving are have announced that their £500,000 Grow Your Tenner campaign will begin at 10am Tuesday 25th September!

Through the Northamptonshire Community Foundation Back To Books has a webpage on the site for a trial period and from 25th September, will encourage new supporters to make a one-time donation by matching up to £10 per donation. From September 25 until all £500,000 is gone, Local Giving will match the first £10 of every donation made on So, if you give £10, Local Giving will grow it to £20. If you claim Gift Aid, it becomes £22.50! 

Back To Books raises funds for activities on a project by project basis, by donating £10 during this campaign it could really make a difference to what we are able to do in the future. 

If you would like to help us you can make your donation by following the link to our Local Giving Page

Wednesday 12 September 2012

First Impression

The Writing Group who have been working with author Kathy Page during the Online Writing Course Ticket To Write have almost all completed their short stories. Artist Carole Miles thought it would be an interesting addition to the work produced to make an image to go with each story and will be working with some of the writers in her relocated studio / shed. Her first visitor was Shusha Walmsley.

Demonstration of one collagraph technique

Shusha deciding which technique to use - cutting into a board with a scalpel 

or applying textured wallpaper to create shape and form.

Choice made and wallpaper it is!

Happily ensconced at the end of the galley like work space.

Inking up the printing plate

Colours applied and ready to print

Winding the wheel

Hey presto - illustration for Shusha's story.

Monday 3 September 2012

Felting the Landscape Installation Photographs

It has taken quite some time to edit and upload the photographs taken in March, which saw Carole Miles and Andrew Rushton installing and photographing the group's Felted Landscape Vessels along part of the Brampton Valley just a few miles from the Hanging Houghton Crossing near Lamport. They were viewed with much curiousity by by a host of Twitchers hoping to catch sight of Skylarks and a rarely sighted owl visiting Northamptonshire. The idea behind the temporary installation was to connect the works with the landscape and the sheep that graze in many parts of the Brampton Valley.

The full Photo Set featuring all the works made by participants can be viewed in the Flickr Set here

Copies of the images printed on digital watercolour paper at A3 size can be purchased by emailing Back To Books 
Prices on request.

Saturday 1 September 2012

Almost Autumnal

Whilst out for a cycle we were reminded

that it hasn't been the best of summer's!

We noticed that the acorns are fattening fast

the colours are changing

this feels like the bridging moment 

between Summer and Autumn.

  The sky is often bleached out by cloud cover,

 there are strange contrasts to be seen

seed heads and rust


lush greenery damp underfoot, interwoven in complex patterns.

There aren't many sloes but plenty of elder berries ripening, it's hard to tell whether things are coming on early or late! The Woodland Trust has an interesting feature about the weather and it's effect on fruiting this year.

There are still small bright patches of colour to delight the eye. 

It hasn't only been the weather that has been unpredictable, due to unforeseen circumstances it wasn't possible to stage an August Photography walk but there will be a return to Cottesbrooke walk. Details to follow soon, get your walking boots and cameras ready, the Sphinx awaits you!