Members’ news: November 2023

My exciting news for 26 is that finally after 14 years as a professional herbal storyteller I was asked to write a book!

The Time Traveller’s Herbal is a blend of social history, herbal recipes, fairytales and folklore , with a hint of folk magic at its heart. But what was exciting and extraordinary about it was that my rather fabulous launch party was hosted yesterday  by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow! The RCPSG was granted their Royal charter by none other than James VI of Scotland (James I of England`) who had his own best seller: Daemonology, which fanned the flames of the witch trials of the C16th/C17th and C18th. The college also got their fabulous collection of historical herbals out for a special display to celebrate my book launch!

There’s more about the book here.

Without 26, I would have never had the time and place to practice my writing and make this happen.

– Amanda Edmiston

Image (c) Euan Cherry


My book went to print! ‘Copy Cats: 101 copywriting tips, tricks, and techniques’ is inspired by ‘The Napkin Art of Tim Burton’ and is due for release on 01 December 2023.

Read more about it here.

– Alice Hollis


I was chuffed to feature in the latest Haiku Futures slideshow (I’m at 46 seconds, under my married name).

The makers, Hot Poets, are crowdsourcing haikus and images to illustrate key themes of the coming UN Climate Change Conference, COP28. This slideshow, one of four, considers fair use of water, air, land and information, towards a better world.

– Rebecca Dowman


I launched a monthly comedy night on 7th November! Good News / Bad News is next on at Aces & Eights in Tufnell Park on 12th December, come along for festive fun! Details here.

I’m also doing my solo show Doomscrolling at Camden Comedy Club on 28th December; details here.

Also, keep an eye out for Theatre Deli’s Delicious Zine, you might find the occasional poem by me… Here’s the last issue.

– Suchandrika Chakrabarti


Here’s a podcast out earlier this month, in which I’m interviewed by Alison Jones (Extraordinary Business Book Club). It’s about We, Me, Them & It and all that, with words about 26 and Dark Angels.

– John Simmons


My latest _East Anglia bylines_ piece is an interview with Somali-born refugee Mariam Yusuf, who lives in Downham Market. You’ll find it here . Mariam herself is now writing for EAB. Her first contribution will appear about the same time as November’s 26 newsletter. Next month (unrelated) a song!

– Aidan Baker

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