Some events to treasure

As the beautiful 26 Treasures book goes to print, John Simmons brings news of a series of events around the country which will launch the book in true 26 style.

The 26 Treasures book is printing as I write, and we know that it’s going to be beautiful. It’s been designed by Fabric and published by Unbound – thanks to 26 members Sam Gray for his brilliant design and John Mitchinson for his Unbound support. The subscriber editions will be out in June, the trade publication in September. So we have a rolling series of book launch events planned in Aberystwyth, Belfast and Edinburgh (followed by London in the autumn). How wonderfully national. 26ers, particularly the 100+ who wrote sestudes for the book, will be welcome at the events. Here are the details:

The National Library of Wales is hosting a public event with talks and readings on Tuesday 12th June at 2 o’clock. This will be at the National Library in Aberystwyth. If you’d like to come, let Lowri Ifan know by emailing

Northern Ireland
The Ulster Museum will celebrate the launch of the 26 Treasures book on Wednesday 13th June. A highlight of this year’s Belfast Book Festival, six contributors will discuss their thoughts on their allocated object and reveal the process that led them to their words and imagery – among them Dylan Thomas prizewinning playwright and novelist, Lucy Caldwell, and feted Belfast poet, Medbh McGuckian. The evening will begin with a drinks reception at 7.00pm in the Welcome Area of the Ulster Museum followed by readings and discussions in the Lecture Theatre. This is a free event and open to everyone. To secure a ticket, email

More events at The Belfast Book Festival are on

To launch the 26 Treasures book in Scotland we’ve teamed up with UNESCO’s Edinburgh City of Literature, which runs a monthly salon for writers, publishers, journalists, librarians and well, anyone involved in the writing business in the city. All welcome for a low-key hello to the book on 26th June from 6pm at the Wash Bar on the Mound – just down the road from the National Museum of Scotland where the exhibition took place. Let know if you’ll be going.

For more information about the project and the book, visit

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