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Date: Jul 1 11:23 AM, 2008
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Hi Lynnie

Great and thank you indeed for your very kind offer of sharing your pics and book photos and signings ! Just what's needed during this special Centenary year ! smile  If you want you can also create a small slideshow, to find out how click on "The Society, The Forum & Beginner's Information" main forum then scroll down to "Images & Slide Show Demonstration". Then if you go into the "General Discussions" sub-forum you can download them into the "Winston Graham & Poldark Picture & Art Gallery" as it's been specially set aside for all WG and Poldark pics alone. It might also be a good idea, if you're at all concerned and have the know how, to protect your Copyright interests by faintly watermarking them as well....

Apparently nothing's been decided yet about membership of the Society originally because so many people these days have never heard of WG and Poldark. It was then felt subsequently that the best thing to do was to postpone everything until all the Centenary celebrations were over and then take it from there. Nevertheless as it would be useful in the meantime to get some idea of possible numbers, Ross is going to open a new sub Forum for general expressions of interest, thoughts, polls etc. and see how it goes.

Angharad is definitely amazing still always bubbling and full of life isn't she, even now it's hard to tell the difference between her pics in the Seventies and today. Ah Cuby heart.gif !! I'd heard there was a small village called that as well somewhere very near Caerhays too I think ? Funny how so many of us seem to get so emotionally attached to a character or characters isn't it !

Glad you're starting to feel at home smile

Greg
I'm in East Kent which couldn't be further from the world of Poldark and Cornwall ! Must get myself a tin of Cornish air next visit....



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Hello Greg,
No sign of Robin Ellis, I'm afraid- but I was thrilled to see the other wonderful actors- Angharad is my special favourite, of course! I've been reading some of the other topics on this site and I'm really enjoying them. I feel I've found a place I can really enjoy all things Poldarkian. Do you have a special area on the site to download pics? I'd be happy to share. I'd also like to share photos of my Winston Graham collection of books and signings. I'd really like to become a member of the society, but don't know how to apply.   
Cuby is lovely, and she doesn't come from far away from where I live- a rare Cornish southern coast character!
The northern coast is wonderful- it is dramatic- magical- but as a southern coast dweller, I can say, it is beautiful here too!
I would enjoy being your roving reporter on the southern side. Where do you live?
Lynnie.

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What a long great post full of lots of interesting detail !! Thank you Lynnie ! biggrin

And it's wonderful you've taken some good pics of it all too, what a memento for the future ! Not forgetting they're all your Copyright of course, but do you think there's any chance you could possibly put a few up onto the Forum for us all to see sometime, as I'm really beginning to despair of finding anything on-line anywhere to link to ?

I must admit I sometimes wondered after having read his autobiography, and perhaps like other novelists with their main character as well, just how much of WG was in Ross too. Then I'd find myself thinking sure but how much of him could have been in all his other characters as well, if only because my personal favourite as you've probably already guessed, is Cuby. Every time I read through some of her passages it's like reading it for the first time all over again - it's amazing how real she is. I guess he was able to somehow be a particular character almost at the same time as everyone else, especially in a large group of people, which is amazing when you think of the wide variety. Jud, Prudie, Music at one end of the scale and then say Lady so-and-so or some foreign nobleman at the other !
 
Must say I liked the bit about a variety of trilby hat angles to suit the circumstances (!), and good for you having saved some important things especially his Warrant of Appointment, as I'd heard, not sure if it's true, that he'd destroyed a lot of his written work ages ago ?

We're certainly very fortunate to have you on the forum Lynnie, especially living in Cornwall as you do as so many of us are miles and miles away from it all. Our roving reporter you could say Lol !! For me the tang of the salt air really did bring it home just now, far better than the local takeaway any day ! Still I'm determined to get down to see the Exhibition sooner or later !!

Thanks again smile

Greg
No sign of Robin Ellis then ?



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Hi Greg and thanks for the nice welcome!
I did get some really good piccies of the event- and the exhibition- although I probably wasn't supposed to- but nobody came up and asked me not to at the time, so I happily snapped away. LOL There were three original members of the cast from the BBC series, the beautiful and charming Angharad Rees, the lovely Jane Wyman, who played Morwenna, and the equally gorgeous Christopher Biggins, who, as you can imagine, was the life and soul of the party. It was fun to see the lecherous Vicar and his poor suffering wife Morwenna getting along so well in real life!!! I was able to meet them all and get their autographs, which was an enormous thrill for someone who is a great fan of all things Poldarkian.
These three actors came because they have become, over the years, special friends of the Graham family, even going on holiday with them. 
The talk was, as you can imagine, given as it was by Winston Graham's son, very warm and moving, as it was a loving tribute from the viewpoint of the family on Winston's centenary. Andrew G spoke about Winston Grahams's dedication to writing- he write 2,000 words per day and the rest of the family's daily routine was worked around that. Andrew G admitted that it wasn't always easy living with a novelist, but the number of novels produced bear testimony to Winston's dedication to his craft. It was Jean Graham, Winston's wife, who was a tower of strength- a very versatile, energetic lady, who really kept everything going very beautifully. A free spirit, Andrew believes, and that although the character of Demelza is not Jean, there are qualities of his mother in the personality of Demelza- her resilience, her courage, her ability to find pleasure in the smaller things in life. Andrew G said that many people have attempted to find some qualities of Ross in his father but he personally thinks that outwardly, this could not be seen. Ross was a swashbuckling type and Winston could live this exciting persona through the character he created, though not in real life. Winston was a trilby hat wearer- he wore it for all occasions, and at a variety of angles to suit the circumstances- he even wore it on the beach!  
Winston was turned down for active duty in wartime Britain as he was considered of a delicate constitution, ( Andrew Graham pointed out that despite this health issue, he lived well into his 90's) so Winston Graham joined the coastguard along Perranporth beach, and it was during those long nights of watching the sometimes turbulent north Cornish seas that no doubt, the germ of the idea for the Poldark books sprang into life.
The exhibition itself contains some 18th/early 19th century artifacts, in keeping with the Poldark series- two original costumes from the BBC series- one of Demelza- a summer dress with a straw hat- I think it might be the dress she wore to go fishing, but I'm not sure- and a Ross Poldark costume from the 1st series. Also the original designs by John Bloomfield for Jud, Prudie, Dr Enys, Caroline Penvenon, Ross and Demelza. Personal Winston Graham memorabilia include the original Imperial typewriter he used from the early days of writing, his walking stick, school reports and other letters including the very sad one where he announces the death of his wife to a friend- plus lots of nice photos and stills from the Poldark series and Winston's life.
I'm lucky to own a few of Winston's personal books from his library which was sold off after his death- including the books and the Warrant of Appointment- given by the Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood, St James Palace to Winston Mawdsley Graham Esq, O.B.E. on being awarded- and I also have books signed to Winston by other writers such as Colin Wilson and a Desert Island Disc book given by Roy Plomley, the presenter at that time- "To Winston Castaway No 1412 with gratitude and good wishes Roy (1977)"
So as you can see, I'm a massive fan- Winston Graham is my literary hero!
It is a grey, overcast day here in Cornwall today, but there is a wonderful sharp tang of the sea in the air from nearby Charlestown beach (I live near St Austell.) There were several Poldark scenes filmed there including one of my favourites between Ross and George Warleggan- so I'm not living far away from the Poldark world!
Toodles, Lynnie          

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HI and welcome to the board Lynnie smile

Lucky old you living in Cornwall ! Wish I could have got to Truro too. Was Robin Ellis or any of the other original actors there and have you seen the Exhibition ? I'm sure there's lots of members from around the world who would really love to hear any other interesting tidbits you can remember about it all, especially from the lecture.

Hope you find plenty to interest you on here too....

Greg
Get any good piccies  !! biggrin 

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Hello everyone!
I'm Lynnie- I've just signed up to the forum and I've been a Poldark/Winston Graham fan for many years. I live in Cornwall and I enjoy visiting the sites in the county associated with the books and Tv series. I attended the fabulous lecture given by Andrew Graham yesterday in Truro and enjoyed meeting Angharad Rees, Biggins and Jane Wyman. I'm looking forward to reading all the posts here and sharing my great interest in all things Poldarkian!
Lynnie



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