Book Launches & Events

One important aspect of our publishing is the Book Launch.  After the many months, often years, in research, presentation and printing, it is great to bring the finished product to the public.  These Book Launches are more than a sales exercise, they give us, as publishers, a chance to interact with you, the readers, to get feedback on our previous publications and, in many cases, a chance to find out that little snippet of information that has eluded us for so long.

For Long may our Lion Roar we held two launch events.  The first was at Waterstones Bookshop in Broad Street Reading on Saturday 9th September as a part of their 2017 Heritage Open Days event.  
Three weeks later, on Sunday 1st October, Daphne was again present to sign copies of the book at the 140th Birthday Celebrations for Kendrick School.  Many of her peers from some 55 years ago also attended and there were visitors from Canada and Australia as well as those still in various parts of Great Britain.

The launch of Exmouth's Rolle was a little different to the others as it was held in the garden of Daphne and Jim's home in Exmouth as their house overlooks the site of the former Rolle College.  The photograph on the right shows some of the 150+ people who attended this very successful event. 

There was a display of the many photographs that we had been lent (some of which were used in the book) for people to browse while waiting for Daphne to sign their books. 

Cream Teas were served from a gazebo, set up for the event, by Edward and Eileen Wilkinson and their friends, while their grandson Troy told those present about the expedition he was about to undertake to Peru.  Profit raised from the teas went towards his trip.  An added bonus was that the sun shone throughout the afternoon.
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Our previous four Book Launches were all held at Waterstone's Bookshop in Broad Street, Reading, two of them as part of the Heritage Open Days weekends - This is our School in 2011 and
This photograph was taken at the latter launch and shows (seated) local Reading historian, Sidney Gold; book illustrator, Jim Barnes-Phillips; author, Daphne Barnes-Phillips with Hazel Murrell.  Standing behind are Dianne Rogers and Daphne's brother, Alan Barnes.

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Since 2004, copies of George Palmer School in Photographs 1907 - 2004 have been presented to the pupils leaving each year and moving on to their Secondary education.  Over those 14 years, former Pupils, Staff and Governors of George Palmer School have sponsored the books.
In 2014, the original book was in need of a further re-print so we took the opportunity to expand it from 40 to 48 pages and incorporate colour photographs for the first time, thus creating a new book George Palmer School in Photographs 1907 - 2014.
The presentations take place at The Palmer Academy (formerly George Palmer Primary School), 70 Northumberland Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, during the last week of the Summer Term.  If you would like to sponsor a book for a former pupil at just £3.50 per copy (Cover price is £7.50), please contact Corridor Press using the details on the "Contact us" page.  Each book to be presented is personalised with a Dedication Insert recording the name of the recipient and that of the sponsor plus their dates when at the school.
We treat these "Leavers' Assemblies" as a reunion for former pupils as well as a book presentation. 
In 2014 Daphne herself was reunited with Pat Angrisano who had been at George Palmer with her in the
early 1950s and the two photographs show Daphne and Pat in a group photo from 1955 (both are in the back row, Pat Cunningham being on the far left and Daphne Barnes second from the right) and here at the 2014 presentation.
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Many former pupils, staff and governors have attended these presentations over the past 14 years.  One
of the keenest supporters was Jack Taylor.  "Taylor-Made Jackpot" was published by Corridor Press in May 2012 to celebrate his 85th Birthday.  Jack passed away in 2014 and we have jointly dedicated the latest version of "George Palmer School in Photographs 1907-2014" to him and to former governor of the School, Jamie Chaudhary, who pre-deceased him by a week.
Daphne and Jack can be seen in this photograph taken at the launch of "Taylor-Made Jackpot" at Waterstone's, Broad Street, Reading on 20th June, 2012.

Another keen supporter of our work with The Palmer Academy is Andrew Palmer, the great-great grandson of George Palmer (after whom the School was named).  George Palmer was the co-founder of the famous biscuit manufacturers Huntley & Palmers.  Andrew is pictured here in 2007 with the then Head-teacher of George Palmer Primary School, Ann Snowdon, and the oldest surviving former pupil at that time, Ernie Holt, who was 101 during the school's Centenary year.