We are sad to announce the passing away of Barry Gendler, one of the key writers of our book, and a good friend.
Barry Gendler 1931 – 2017
We know that Barry has been ill for a long time now, but he finally passed away Tuesday night, 21st February 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospice, in the East-End of London. Barry’s wife, Josie was with him.
Barry will always be remembered as a driving member of the book team. He was a proud East-Ender, and spent most of his life behind the seat of his London Taxi.
Everyone involved in the creation of ‘Tales by Eastenders’ would like to pass their respects to Josie and their family on this sad occasion.
Here are some of the photo’s we have of Barry, and this is how we will always remember him.
SORRY BUT WE ARE ALL AILING AT THE MOMENT
The whole team together(almost): Back: Mark Mapstone, Alistair Goodbody, JanWillam Van Den Bosch, Middle: Sarah Ainslie, Kunde Taylor (Sundial Centre Manager), Violet Davis (standing in for Sally Flood) , Ann Hamblin. Front: Barry Gendler, Dorothy Lloyd
Photo taken at the launch of “Tales by Eastenders”
You may have noticed that there have not been many entries onto this site recently.
This has been the result of a speight of bad health permeating throughout our team at the moment.
The writers and team have all been taken ill in one way or another, ranging from having replacement joints fitted to having pacemakers installed! Slowly but surely they’re all becoming bionic. (But can you replace a writing finger?)
Sadly this is the problem when dealing with youngsters the way we do.
Although we are unable to come out to you, you are still able to buy the book from the usual outlets, and relive our memories that way.
Once we have a team able to do our reading sessions again, we’ll let you know.
In the meantime I wish the team health and happiness.
SALLY GIVES UNEXPECTED READING FROM OUR BOOK
‘Tales by Eastenders’ received an unexpected boost when Sally Flood read one of the poems, ‘Small Cogs’, she wrote for our book at the Write Idea Festival last Saturday.
Sally was talking to Kate Thompson about Kate’s new book ‘Secrets of the Singer Girls’ when the unexpected reading took place.
‘TALES BY EASTENDERS’ GOES DOWN WELL IN WHITECHAPEL IDEA STORE
From the left: Sally Flood, Sarah Ainslie and Dorothy Lloyd
Yesterday (Weds 11th Nov 2015), Armistice Day, saw a good reception to the readings carried out by Sally, Dorothy and Sarah.
These readings were carried out as part of the ‘Art of Aging’ project at the Whitechapel Idea Store.
After an hours hanging around when the start time for our session was delayed, the readings were greeted with applause and laughter by the around 40 strong audience.
Although we were unable to do our full presentation due to a time slot shorter than we would normally use, the readings were well received, and they were followed up by a healthy purchasing of the book,( which, ironically, cannot be borrowed from the Idea Store network due to their restricted supplier policy,) with Dorothy and Sally doing book signing of those purchased.
There were also other speakers from various courses there as part of the event, who were also well received.
We are also hopeful that we may have recruited a couple more future writers to add to the team.
Where was Mark? Follow this link.
OUR WRITERS DO READINGS FROM ‘TALES BY EASTENDERS’ AT ‘ART OF AGING’
Sally will be there. With her readings, and answering your questions.
We are pleased to let you know that a team from the Sundial Book Project will be carrying out readings from our book ‘Tales by Eastenders’, and telling the story of how the book came about at:
The Whitechapel Idea Store
Wednesday 11th November 2015
From 6.00pm until around 8.00pm
Dorothy will also be there. Will you?
This is part of the ‘Art of Aging’ exhibition at the store, and everyone is welcome to join us.
I’ll be there, giving a short background into how the book came to be.
I’ve got my copy. Get yours. It’s a great read.
admission is FREE
MUSEUM OF LONDON (DOCKLANDS) MEETS US DURING FESTIVAL
Our stand is up and ready to go.
The Sundial Book Group were guest participants at the Family River Festival held at the Museum of London (Docklands) over the weekend.
As well as our usual stand, we were displaying writings both from the existing book and the possible follow-up.
Also on display were some of the special works we had done when working with the museum over the past few weeks. Over this period we also made a dyed paper river for use in one of the other childrens writing projects, which was well received.
Sally Flood was invited to give two of her now famous talks and recitals, one each on both days of the event, both of which went down brilliantly.
Sally Flood in full swing with her poetry.
We are hoping as a bonus, that the museum shop will stock our book “Tales by Eastenders” in the near future.
We all look forward to working with the museum in the near future.
Don’t forget, we are always looking for new writers to join our merry band. No precious writing experience is necessary, as we all help each other. To contact us, just complete the form below, and we’ll call you back.
THE FAMILY RIVER FESTIVAL AT THE MUSEUM OF LONDON (DOCKLANDS)
First day of planning for the Family Festival. In this photo are (from the left) Dorothy Lloyd, Mark Mapstone, Aisling Serrant (of MoLD) and Barry Gendler)
For the next coupla of days, members of our group will be supporting the Family River Festival at the Museum of London (Docklands) from Mid-day until 4.00pm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September 2015.
We will be supporting their river memories writing project, so this is a chance for you to get to work with some of our team members, read some of the stories from our book “Tales by Eastenders”, and some of the stories written for possible inclusion into our next book.
You will also be able to buy copies of “Tales by Eastenders” at the specially reduced price of £9.99p.(normal shop price £12.99p)
We look forward to meeting you there.
For further information on the Family Festival,