At the weekend I spent another afternoon at one of my favourite places to be, Much Ado Books in Alfriston. So much more than a book store…
For most of my adult life I wanted to open a book shop, but when I found Much Ado Books several years ago I immediately knew I wouldn’t. And this was a good thing! They had already created the perfect place for book lovers so I didn’t have to, it was here already 🙂
Anyway, the reason I was here on Sunday was to continue a project I am working on collecting people’s book stories. Favourite books, childhood memories of books, most influential book – anything at all. And they came flooding in from visitors…
One couple had travelled all the way from Milton Keynes because of a book the husband had first seen 63 years ago, The Countryside Companion. It had a photo of Alfriston high street and he wanted to see how it had changed over the years, a perfect example of a book story!
A woman I spoke with, visiting with her daughters and grandson, said she felt quite emotional writing her book story. She could see how her love of books had been passed down the generations. Here is her story…
and here is her grandson’s…
his favourite story is batman!
At this stage I am not sure how my book stories project will turn out. My finished piece of work may be the handwritten stories by people visiting Much Ado Books, they may be published into a little book, I may make a piece of artwork incorporating them, or photos of them. I don’t know yet. At present I am happy making my postbox for the stories and talking to people, gathering their stories.
If you would like to pop along to Much Ado Books and share your own book stories I shall be visiting next on Wednesday 19 June, 2 – 4pm and Saturday 29th June between 2 and 4pm.
Between the 12th and 18th February Jacky will be creating a participatory installation at Martyrs’ Gallery, Lewes
Inspired by Raymond Queneau’s 1947 work Exercises in style the installation will explore different experiences, memories and perspectives from 99 people of the same walk through Lewes.
Viewers will be able to watch the artwork developing and are invited to take part by going on the walk and drawing or writing their walking experiences on prepared cardboard canvases. These will be incorporated in the installation for show at the weekend.
Jacky is interested in how different people remember, interpret and react to similar places and situations. Her installation will be a visual representation of some of these differences (and similarities).
Opening times:Tues 13 – Thurs 15 Feb, 10am – 12.30pm All welcome to watch the artwork being created and take part by going on the walk and producing your own ‘map’ Sat 17 & Sun 18 Feb, 12 – 4pm Viewing days