[DWJ] memorial being recorded?
colin at fine.me.uk
Mon Apr 30 04:26:31 EDT 2012
On 27/04/12 09:19, Eleanor Joslin wrote:
> Older. It seemed about the same level as the majority of Diana's children's books. I think it mentioned that the narrator was 12.
> It's been haunting me ever since. I could see it so clearly in my mind's eye.
And if I can add my impressions of the day:
I was particularly delighted with the range of speakers - all her sons,
both her sisters, plus colleagues, fans and friends. The picture Colin
conjured up (that Gili has already mentioned) of Diana with a pen in one
hand, coffee in another, a cigarette in another and petting the cat with
another, is one that several other speakers referred to, and which has
stuck with me as a particularly DWJ image.
I hadn't known about the ballet of Black Maria, and I had no idea that
Diana's nephew Tom Armstrong was a composer, so hearing him play a
couple of pieces from it (with slides from the ballet) was a surprising
journey into yet another nook of her life.
I was delighted to see Greer Gilman there - we were both active in
Jómsborg the New (the Cambridge Fantasy Society) thirty years ago, and I
had no idea she might be there. Also very pleased to meet Gili at last.
The tower of foreign-language translations in the bar was imposing, and
those who know me will know how much I was tempted to carry a bagful of
them home. But I've recently resolved to fight my addiction to Stuff
(such as Books), so I virtuously restricted myself to buying an English
copy of The Ogre Downstairs and presenting it to the six-year-olds of
the family I was staying with.
I was only sorry that Diana's husband John was not able to be there; but
I guess it would have been too much for him.
Huge thanks to Minnow and Mickey and whoever else was involved in making
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