Warwick - an annual event
The Followers hold an annual gathering which co-incides with their Annual General Meeting and is surrounded by a Fun Day.
The AGM 2017 was on Saturday 26th August.
There was, as always, a sellers' bourse, where members could choose from countless items of Rupert ephemera, and replacement copies of those long-lost Rupert annuals from their Childhood.
(Members will find information about recent events, and current news, in the private Members' side of the website):
There are always superb talks arranged to entertain and amuse members during the afternoon. In 2017, fans of Alfred Bestall were delighted by a presentation given by one of our Members based upon notes made by Alfred himself in preparation for a talk. Did he ever give that talk we wondered ...
Meet the Artist
In addition to talks on Rupert members had the opportunity to meet Stuart Trotter, the current Rupert artist and storyteller. Stuart signed copies of the 2017 Rupert annual, released for Christmas 2017.
There is always a bumper Rupert raffle, where participants have the chance of winning unique Ruperty items that are not available elsewhere.
The Star prize is a beautiful piece of original artwork created by Stuart Trotter especially for the the Event.
This is the piece that Stuart created for the 2015 raffle.
One very lucky Follower won this beautiful piece!
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More about Warwick
Have a look at some of the activities from an earlier Fun Day which took place at Warwick School.
(Information and pictures from the most recent meeting, together with other information about the Society is available for members to view on the private members' side of the website)
Below is a snapshot from 2013:
A major focus for Followers is the 'Annual' - a gathering which takes place in Warwick every August.
Numerous dealers and other sellers offered almost every Rupert book ever published and a wide range of Rupert ephemera.
The main dealers who specialise in Rupert attended and many rareties were available for purchase.
The traditional Rupert annual signing by Stuart Trotter, the current Rupert artist took place.
During the day there was:-
- The traditional Rupert play performed by OTFM Productions
- Punch and Judy and a magic show from the Great Barloni
- Origami Society members who gave demonstrations and coaching in paper folding to Followers.
The bumper Rupert Raffle
The Rupert Raffle took place and as usual the prizes were unique Ruperty items that cannot be purchased elsewhere.
- A piece of original artwork by Rupert artist, Stuart Trotter, shown above
- Beautiful original hand painted Rupert colour pictures by Gina Hart
- Proof pages from Rupert publications kindly donated by Egmont publishers
- An lovely Rupert letter rack
Handing out the raffle prizes -
there were plenty of happy winners.
The Gala Dinner
Many Followers make it a whole weekend event. On the Saturday evening there was the usual formal dinner with amusing interventions between courses.
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