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All six Uncle books by J.P. Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake, in one lavish edition with new introductions by Neil Gaiman and more.
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Media on Thursday!

Posted by Marcus Gipps (Creator)

Dear all

Still can't quite get over the success of the project - thank you so much to all of you. It is really wonderful.

Initially, I didn't dare to hope for more than a small print run. But now I can make a really substantial one, which will keep Uncle in print for years. These books will look really beautiful, with absolutely top quality art and extra material. Uncle will just get bigger and bigger. I think we are really showing here that it is just a tragedy that these books have been out of print for so long.

There's a few bits of local media going on tomorrow that I thought I'd flag up, and if you live in the South or West of England, I need your help.

In the evening, BBC news show Points West - the local news for Somerset and surroundings, including the village where J.P. Martin spent the last years of his life - will feature a piece on the project, with filmed contributions from me and also James Currey, the grandson of J.P. Martin and one of the children who the Uncle stories were originally written for. It will be in the 6.30pm show, and perhaps the 10.25pm one as well. There might be trails in the morning slot. BBC South Today should also feature a version of the piece focusing more on James' Oxford connections.

Now, I can't actually watch either of those programmes - if anyone out there lives in the relevant areas and could record them and get them to me, either electronically or by dvd, I'd be hugely grateful. Partly because I'd like to see them, but partly so I can use them to promote this project!

Also, at 7.25am or so BBC Radio Somerset will be broadcasting a prerecorded interview with James Currey. At 8.25am I'll be live in a London studio (gulp!) for them. They might be broadcasting some of the recordings of J.P. Martin reading, with any luck!

For those of you not in Somerset, you should be able to listen to it here during - or perhaps shortly after - the programme.

The excitement of all of this means I'll save stretch goals and new rewards for tomorrow, I think. I'm hugely thrilled that we've got as far as we have, and I know you're all as excited as I am (well, perhaps not quite!). We've got a long stretch to the end, but if we keep up the coverage, I think we'll end up somewhere truly remarkable.

That's it for now - more tomorrow with, I promise, new reward options!




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