The March meeting was most interesting, in two parts.
To begin, Jacquie Campbell gave us an important insight into the work of Target Ovarian Cancer, as this is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Vital for all women to watch for, the disease is known as the Silent Killer, as symptoms are so difficult to diagnose. You can read more about it HERE.
After a short break (for Vinvixen wine from Julie and delicious nibbles by Avril & Sara), Martin Usborne told us about the Hoxton Mini Press and its work here in the East End of London. Martin is a photographer, so all the books are beautifully illustrated. The principal work he discussed was based on the life of Joseph Markovitch, who had lived more that 86 years in Hackney, which was fascinating . In all his life Joseph left London only once, to go to the seaside with his mother; he loved Nicolas Cage, took five sugars in his tea, worked in a factory and dreamt of being a ballet dancer… This is the real EastEnders – the story of an individual life and a portrait of Hackney as it has evolved over almost nine decades.
Martin then went on to show us some more Hoxton Mini Press titles: Mothers & Babies (less than 24 hours old); Silent Dogs in Cars and Vintage Glamour. The last was a selection of wonderful photographs of Jewish weddings from the 1930’s.