There are two most important dates in all our lives - our birth and our death. For writers (and readers) there's another one - the date their work comes into the public domain.
For James Leatham, most of whose writing has been out of print for the last 70 years since his death, 14th December is a day to celebrate. It's the day the gag comes off and once again you can read his work. Actually, having just checked copyright law again this isn't strictly true. Copyright passes on the END OF THE YEAR in which an author dies, so we'll have to wait till 31st December to be strictly legal and above board!
That won't slow us down however. We are working hard at Deveron Press to bring Leatham's work back into the public domain and will be hosting an exhibition at Turriff Library from 14th -18th December prior to our 150th Birthday Celebration on 19th December.
At the moment, with 10 days to go, we are putting the finishing touches to the commemorative edition of The New Gateway, which will be available online from 14th December. Its content will fall under 'fair usage' to keep us straight with copyright.
But the Public Domain Party will have to wait till Hogamany!
We think that coming into the Public Domain is something to write home about.
We would really like to thank the good folk at Turriff and District Heritage Society, The Aberdeenshire Library Services and Turriff Community Council for support thus far.