I'll be talking about quilts and quilting at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 13 May (all details here). If you are around that day, do come. You could combine the event with a pot of parched peas, a visit to the excellent Indoor Market, a currant slice and a cup of tea at a superb 1930s café, and a browse in several brilliant second-hand bookshops.
The talk is part of the launch of my Grand Provincial Tour Guide to Preston which has been expanded to include Blackburn (lovely cathedral, hills, art gallery and museum, Dorothy Whipple connections), Southport (outstanding art gallery & cultural centre, fine independent bookshop, genteel Lord Street with famous canopies, elusive tide, ace fish and chips, great stained glass). Morecambe (the Bay, the Midland Hotel, potted shrimps, time-warp café), and Carnforth (Brief Encounter station and refreshment room, and second-hand books).
The books are hot off the press, and are available to buy here, on my Big Cartel page.
And here is an article in the Lancashire Evening Post about the first edition after I made it available for download. Together with the Chichester and Shoreditch guides, it raised more than £700 for the Trussell Trust via the very kind and generous donations made in return for the books. And now Preston and Shoreditch have gone into print, with more provincial and capital guides to come.
It's all happening in Preston.