There is an interesting radio programme on BBC Radio 4 - "A History of Private Life" written and presented by Prof Amanda Vickery. It started last week and is on Mondays to Fridays at 3.45pm, with an omnibus repeat edition on Fridays at 9pm for six weeks. If you've missed it you should be able to "Listen Again" through the BBC website, (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4). It is all about the lives of ordinary people from Tudor times and there is a textile link to this - this Thursday the programme is all about sewing and needlework.
In case October is still not exciting enough for you, I have information on another new venture that may be of interest - Sky is launching a 10 part series called "Talking Threads" due to start mid-October. It will be on Sky channel 171 but if you don't have Sky you can view on line at www.CountryChannel.tv or buy the whole series on DVD. Visit www.talkingthreads.co.uk for a sneak preview - it goes without saying that the more of us who watch it, the more Sky will know it is worth commissioning more episodes and perhaps other "textile TV".
Also while your at the Knitting and Stitching show this weekend dont forget to look out for some of ERTF members, they will be happy to see you so stop by and say hello! They will be dotted around on various stands, so keep your eyes open for familiar faces from EAST at stand TGH1 - they are exhibiting all new work based on the Essex Warner Textile Archive in Braintree.Another member Lynda Monk, has her co-authored book for sale "Stitching the Textured Surface" at will be on Maggie Grey's stand at the show.
You will find another of our members Cathy on the International Feltmakers Association stand RCE7 in the Panorama Room. Cathy's friend Lizzie Houghton is at TGA9 with her new book on sale too. Sounds like it's going to be a good show this year!