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Archive for June, 2010

Bookfest 2010 is round the corner. I’ve posted on this a little while back, but to remind, information on the feature events (including  Glasgow) can be found here and on the Oxfam booksite.

We have two events happening at the bookshop. The first is the third happening of our popular Literary Quiz on Tuesday 13th July at the 78 bar on Kelvinhaugh St. Last time round there were more teams than tables and it ended up a great night, so here’s hoping for more of the same. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it is what you might think it is, a quiz about books. Quizmaster Derek put a spin on things last time round, theming rounds about categories as opposed to genres. It may be similar this time, it may be completely different. Only the omniscient quizmaster knows. Teams can be as small as two (or one, if other people simply dilute your brilliance) and as big as can fit round a table. I’ll post start times as soon as I have confirmation but I imagine 8.30 is a safe bet to arrive. Earlier is also good, get yourself a table and sample the excellent beers and food that the 78 have to offer.

The second event is a demonstration in bookbinding by Syd Sharp, former teacher at the Metropolitan College for 30 years. Syd will cover the traditional tools, materials and machines as used by craftspeople in the printing industry over many years eg wood, metal type, adana machines, and hand finishing tools. The demonstration will be interactive too. I don’t have the exact date for this but I will post it as soon as I find out. Having seen Syd’s larger scale event for the Glasgow West End Festival, I can testify this is a really fun and educational couple of hours spent.

Lastly today, our annual postcard sale begins tomorrow. This is a favourite event for many of our customers. We have been stockpiling since the last one so if postcards are your thing, drop by the shop and have a rifle through.

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Gaza Blockade

Recent events in Gaza have the eyes of the world on the region.  Oxfam condemns Monday’s attack on the aid flotilla and we have decided to show support for lifting the blockade, which would allow the free movement of people, humanitarian aid and commercial goods.

There’s now a petition for William Hague on the main Oxfam site. You can show your support by filling in the form or by using the SMS option.

You can read an in-depth report on Oxfam’s work in the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel here.

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