It was a trip down memory lane, yesterday. I first met Adrian Cole, Jim Pitts, Jon Harvey and Mike Chinn in Birmingham in the second half of the 1970s. In a bar. (Specifically, that of the Imperial Hotel – now long demolished – venue of the early British Fantasy Conventions.) So it was appropriate that we should meet up again in a Brummie bar. Fond memories were sparked and we all felt as though we hadn’t grown up – mentally, at least.
John Howard and Jan Edwards were also present but, alas, were not captured on my camera’s memory card.
Saturday 12 April. Jan and I left North Staffs at around 8.00 a.m., popped into the petrol station, filled the tank, collected Misha Herwin in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and headed for the M6, on our way to The Birmingham Independent Book Fair. Despite miles of road works with 50 mph speed limits we arrived in central Birmingham in just over an hour. Driving on the inner ring road, negotiating the Paradise Circus one-way system, all brought back memories of living in the city for twenty-plus years.
At the Ikon Gallery we unloaded the car, and within thirty minutes the Alchemy Press display was sorted and we were ready to welcome visitors. A good start to the day.
Over on the Alchemy Press site you’ll find the latest Newsletter, full of Alchemy news.
Here’s a triptych (sort of) — image 001 is a photograph digitally enhanced. Somewhat altered, in fact!
I’ve added a couple more images to my art pages: Portrait #2 and Portrait #3. Actually, Portrait #3 isn’t anyone in particular, at least not in the real world. Portrait #2 is of someone definitely down to earth.