There are two great events in all our lives - birth and death. For writers there is a third - the date their work falls out of copyright and into the public domain. This December sees both the 150th anniversary of James Leatham's birth and the 70th anniversary of his death - which means that his writing is now available for all to read, no longer bound by copyright restrictions.
To commemorate all these events, The Deveron Press is back in business. It's under new ownership (husband and wife team George and Cally Wight) but the spirit of Leatham is still there, informing all activity.
We share Leatham's view not only that 'Publishing is an adventure' but also that: ‘To get your own business into your own hands, this and nothing else and nothing less is the true line of social progress.'
And what's this got to do with you? Well, you're invited to a party to celebrate. It's to be held at
TURRIFF TOWN HALL (formerly the Municipal Building)
DECEMBER 19TH 2015
There will be a chance to find out more about Leatham and his writing, to browse and buy books from our first catalogue, pick up some exclusive free gifts and to partake in some tea and cake to mark the occasion.
All are welcome and we hope to see you there.
Who was James Leatham?
A North East loon who became printer/publisher and social pioneer. He lived in Turriff from 1916 till his death in 1945 and was Provost from 1933.
He published books and many hundreds of pamphlets on matters concerning politics, society and literature. He was an advocate for 'Co-operative Collectivism' a long forgotten brand of Socialism and for the importance of education amongst the working-classes.
'Wherever I have gone then, in city and country, north and south of the Tweed, it has been my aim, by the spoken and written word, to encourage reading habits in the rank and file..'
If you want to find out more about James Leatham - and there is much more to know - you'll find more on the site... feel free to look around. And we hope to see you at the Town House on December 19th!