Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Westerman Yarns Newsletter Issue 6

The latest edition of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter has just hit the inboxes of our Friends and the feedback is all good.  Very many thanks for your responses, it is good to know that we are getting it right.  The pdf versions remain free of charge. To get yours simply click on the Friends of The Westerman Yarns link in the right-hand panel and complete the rather clumsy on-line form.

The paper copies are going out to subscribers this weekend.  These are £5.00 each inclusive of UK postage and packing.

All of the back issues are available priced at £3.50 each. Please contact us for postage and packing costs before placing an order.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Westerman Yarns Postcards

We have just taken delivery of some fine, stylish postcards; images from the Westerman Yarns Collection.  They are a snip at £3.50 per set plus postage and would look great as a framed collection.  I will be shopping for a suitable frame and mount myself this week and will post the results on this site very soon.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Percy F. Westerman books at Portsmouth City Museum

A Hard Choice is a major exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum which explores the stories behind Portsmouth’s collections of art and design.

 What do a Turner watercolour, a 13th century cosmetic jar and a gramophone painted by Dora Carrington have in common?  They were all acquired for Portsmouth Museums during the curatorship of Rosalinda Hardiman over the past 35 years. Rosalinda is the ‘Queen of Eclectics’, a curator with wide ranging interests and full of arcane and quirky facts.

Showcasing the diversity of Portsmouth's collections, Rosalinda reveals the stories behind the objects and the hidden world of the curator. The exhibition will share her knowledge and joy in museum collections. Fine and decorative art will feature strongly.  Many items have not been displayed for over thirty years, including prints by Walter Sickert. A group of fifteenth century ceramics from south-east Asia will be on show for the first time in this exhibition.

Community Collections Showcase
Visitors to
A Hard Choice are also able to see highlights from three collections owned by Portsmouth residents.  The collections were chosen from the entries in a public competition and will be shown in turn in the Community Collections Showcase:

Percy F Westerman
(1876 - 1959)
21 July to 27 September
Books from The Westerman Yarns Collection demonstrating changing trends in book cover illustration. 
You will also be able to see a short video of yours truly discussing why he collects books by Percy F. Westerman; my wife is quite interested in seeing this!


Westerman Yarns Newsletters

Membership of The Friends of The Westerman Yarns is still free of charge and all subscribers receive free complimentary reduced resolution pdf copies of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter.  The newsletters are now available as high resolution, full-colour, satin finish magazines.

May 2013, Issue 1:               £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
November 2013, Issue 2:    £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
May 2014, Issue 3                £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
November 2014, Issue 4:    £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50
May 2015, Issue 5:               £3.50 plus UK postage £1.50

All five issues                       £17.50 plus UK postage £2.50

I am happy to obtain quotes to post overseas.  Please email me at

The next issue of The Westerman Yarns Newsletter will be available November 2015.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The new name for the old Westerman Seminar - see previous entries

Shock!, Horror! The Westerman Seminar has a New Name

As some of you may know, for the past few years I have struggled with the name of the annual Westerman event in Portsmouth.  The Westerman Seminar, as it has been known, was a title which I gave it when we staged the first seminar back in 2011.   Criticisms have centred around whether the word ‘seminar’ puts people off by sounding too academic and stuffy; those of you who know the event will confirm that it is far from that. 

The new event title is The Ripping Yarns Literature Day.  This will allow us to continue to keep Percy F. Westerman firmly at the heart of the event, but give us the opportunity to include and welcome other authors of the same genre and to explore some of the topics covered in the mix of ‘Ripping Yarns’ style adventures.