During his lifetime, supporters, followers and friends of printer/publisher/social pioneer James Leatham were known as Leatham’s Lambs. Well, this is a big week for latter day Leatham Lambs. Today, 14th December marks 70 years since his death. A small exhibition about his life and works is running in Turriff Library from Monday to Friday.
In the virtual world, today sees the commemorative edition of The Gateway Journal go live. From January a New Gateway will be available every month, but to commemorate Leatham’s passing, the last edition of Volume 30 has been put together The commemorative edition gives the spirit and flavour of the original with editorial and Leatham's views on Banking, Copyright and culture. It's a good taste of what's to come in 2016 when we will bring more of Leatham's own writing, and selections of other public domain works to a new readership on a monthly basis. Check it out today, there's enough to keep you reading all month.
The first publications from the new Deveron Press are Leatham’s ‘Daavit’ and William Alexander’s ‘Sketches of Life Among My Ain Folk,’ with many more to come in 2016, including Leatham’s previously unpublished (and unfinished) autobiography ‘Sixty Years of World Mending,’ his political/philosophical treatise ‘Socialism and Character,’ a new edition of ‘William Morris: A Master of Many Crafts,’ and a new edition of Bob Duncan’s biography of James Leatham.
'Empires and systems may rise and decay, but so long as a single copy of a great piece of literature remains it can be reproduced and perpetuated to a life beyond life.' James Leatham 1864-1945.