Issue 26 - 2003-10-01

Hi,

Our current Brentford Mercury, number 34, was posted out to members today.

This special celebratory issue, is extra big and focus’ on the work of
Robert Rankin.

Included are:

Artwork and general information about Roberts work on the book, Behind the
Beatles Songs. Artwork by Robert from the Comic magazine Tuba and a look at
Roberts work in The Waterman’s Art Centre as co-ordinator of the poetry
group, and their zine.

Also in this issue, we have 3 pages copied from Roberts own copy of The Book
of Ultimate Truths, an oversized Copybook affair, which predated the book of
the same name and lists the truths alphabetically.

We look at ten years of Sproutlore, there are reviews of various signings
around the UK, an article about Bill Hicks, pieces from Robert and Michael
Carroll about the anniversary, a look at all of Roberts foreign editions and
news and reviews.

Finally, and exclusively, we have the first chapter of Roberts next book,
Knees Up Mother Earth, making it a special issue indeed.

Robert will be at Colectormania 4, in Milton Keynes on Saturday and Sunday
as will a bunch from Sproutlore. This event is on in the MK:Centre, more
info at http://www.collectormania.com

Our next event They Came and Shaved Us, has sold out, but if any members are
interested in coming along, we can make space, so please let us know.

Plans are afoot for an event in Derby next spring, and Brentford next
Summer.

Robert has been announced as a Guest of Honour at Paragon 2, the National SF
convention, Eastercon, in 2005, more info on http://www.paragon2.org.uk

Finally anyone who needs to rejoin, we have forms online at our website.

http://www.sproutlore.com/joining.php

Take care

James and James



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