The page where you can find out about upcoming booksales FMB groups have planned. Send your text and photos to boraxwoman-exlibris(at) yahoo.co.uk (the '(at)' is an anti-spam device - change it to '@' to use address). Please note that the old email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" hasn't worked since the big TalkTalk hack, despite repeated e-mail conversations with the TalTalk "help" line.
BREAKING NEWS!! We are extremely excited to report that Nottingham born poet, TV/film writer and producer Henry Normal (pictured right) will be opening the Megabooksale on Friday, April 28th at 10 am and has even written a poem for us. To mention just a couple of Henry's many achievements and activities, he co-wrote the Royle Family and the Mrs Merton show and in 2016, he was executive producer of Red Dwarf. Nottingham's Castle Rock Brewery is planning a Henry Normal beer - you've arrived big-time when there's a beer named after you! Anyway, we could go on but urge you to search Henry Normal on the net to find out more, or better still come and meet Henry at our Megabooksale.AND, not only do we have Henry opening the first weekend, but the second half of the booksale will also have a ceremonial start. Councillor Sandra Barnes, the Mayor of the Borough of Gedling, has very kindly offered to do the honours at 10am on Friday May 5th. Any worries that you might not recognise her because of her mask can be laid to rest – look for the Mayoral Chain of Office.
Meanwhile... Megabooksale panic is reaching its usual manic climax at ExLibris Depot; the shop is more or less complete but ExLibris Engineering are still finding small pieces of wood to cover with endless coats of exterior varnish. The shadowy Director of Operational Planning is still insisting that NO ONE leaves ExLibris Depot without carrying some flyers for distribution:
If you would like to download the flyer, which can be printed two-sided as A5, please click here. Then print off loads and feel free to distribute willy-nilly! If you have somewhere to stick up a poster or two, please click here to download the A4 poster.
As well as a vast selection of cheap books, "Josiah's" will be open for cakes. This year we have a huge selection of children's books and there will be things for children to play on, including the famous train, which now - well, almost now - has a station. There will be a bin for donations of tinned veggie food which we will take to a food bank.
RAFFLE PRIZES HAVE BECOME EVER MORE SPECTACULAR!! There will also be a be a raffle with a selection of amazing prizes which includes three Sleaford Mods albums, signed by Jason:
and an A4 film poster signed by both of them. Massive thanks to Sleaford Mods who have donated the albums themselves. Also huge thanks to all other organizations and individuals who donated raffle prizes, eg Broadway Cinema (tickets), Nottingham Playhouse (tickets), Castle Rock Brewery (Henry Normal beer vouchers), Dave Wood poet (bespoke poem) and Sewing Margaret (dolls). Incidentally, Margaret's beautiful individually crafted shopping bags will again be available at £5 each.
Remember, if you come to the booksale wearing a mask, you can have one free raffle ticket.
Because we have so many books priced at 10p (in Saithwaite House/the shed), and are having storage problems with them, there will be an innovation this year. You can still buy one for 10p, 2 for 20p, etc. But you can also fill a cloth shopping bag with as many as you can cram in, and have bag and books for 30p!!!
Other less exciting news: you will remember that our gazebo got trashed by high winds at last year's Children's Book Sale. We are happy to announce that ExLibris Engineering has turned the disparate assortment of bent metal sticks that we were left with, back into a functioning gazebo. We are possibly the only organization to have successfully brought a beat-up gazebo back from the dead! You usually find them discarded at the end of festivals, fetes &c. Only problem is that Engineering are now recommending that the gazebo be taken down immediately the wind exceeds Force 3 (light breeze, 7-10 knots).
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