At long last, The Two Saints Way Guide is ready for publication and it will be available in November. You can see what the guidebook will look like by clicking here.
Writing and now publishing this full colour guide book has been a very steep learning curve but I am so grateful to the many people who have helped with the process; particularly the team at Spark Design & Communication, who are based in Kyrgyzstan and have done a magnificent job with the design of the book. Fatima, the lead designer on the project has visited every site via Google Earth. Perhaps one day she’ll experience it in the flesh!
Three and a half years ago I led the launch pilgrimage for The Two Saints Way and in the first week of November I am going to be treading those very familiar paths once again, this time with an accompanying vehicle full of Two Saints Way guidebooks! It’s rather a different way of having a book launch but it will provide me also with a good opportunity to check out how things are with the signage along the route. Here are details of all the launches:
Sunday Nov 1 @ 2:30pm St John’s Church Vicar’s Lane CHESTER CH1 1SN
Monday Nov 2 @ 6:30pm Nantwich Bookshop, 46 High St, NANTWICH CW5 5AS
Tuesday Nov 3 @ 4:00pm, Englesea Brook Chapel & Museum, Brook Lane, Englesea Brook, CREWE CW5 5QW
Wednesday Nov 4 @ 3:30pm Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, STOKE-ON-TRENT ST1 3DW
Thursday Nov 5 @ 7:30pm Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Way STONE ST15 8ZB
Friday Nov 6 @ 3:00pm Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Centre, Riverside, STAFFORD ST16 3AQ
Saturday Nov 7 @ 2:30pm Lichfield Cathedral LICHFIELD WS13 7LD, followed by refreshments at St Chad’s Church, St Chad’s Rd, LICHFIELD WS13 7ND
There is a charge of £5 for the launch at Nantwich Bookshop which requires prior booking by phoning 01270 611665. All events other launches are free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org by October 22 to confirm attendance so hosts can have an idea of numbers expected.
The guidebook which will cost £12.99, will be available in four ways:
- At the book launches. If you can attend one of the book launches and would like to pick up your guidebook then, please email me to pre-order at email@example.com Let me know where you want to pick up your guide and bring either cash or a cheque made out to ‘Two Saints Way Project’. We will email you nearer the time with details of times and locations for the launches.
- Postage free special offer. If you place your order and pay before Friday October 23rd we will post your guidebook free of charge. This will only be available by cheque to ‘Two Saints Way Project’ sent to the treasurer, Tim Saxton, 38 William St, DALBEATTIE, Dumfries & Galloway DG5 4EN
- Through the Northumbria Community. The Northumbria Community has been one of our partners since the project started and from November you can order from their online shop at http://www.northumbriacommunity.org/shop/ or over the phone by calling the office on 01670 787645.
- Through other retailers. The guide should be available through all other normal channels after the launch week.
I do hope you will consider buying a copy and travelling The Two Saints Way yourself! If that’s not for you, perhaps you know someone else who might like to make that journey and for whom the book would make an ideal Christmas present. I look forward to meeting some of you at the book launches.