Welcome to a New Year

There is much that is exciting happening at Hawthorn Press in 2019 so we are keen to get started. We have some events coming up and some new developments that we can’t reveal just yet, so watch this space.

From “Gandhi’s India”

Join Jonathan Stedall for an immersive weekend of films at Hawkwood, Stroud, 18 – 20 January with the option to stay and this lovely country house. This is a unique opportunity to see an outstanding selection of BBC documentary films – including biographies of Tolstoy, Gandhi and C G Jung, and filmed essays by Alan Bennett and Ben Okri – in the company of their award-winning director, Jonathan Stedall.

Jonathan Stedall joined the BBC as a producer in 1963, where he then worked for twenty-seven years. His earlier career had included stage managing in repertory theatre, work in the cutting-rooms at Pinewood and as a floor manager and then director in commercial television. He won a British Film Academy Award for his documentary In Need of Special Care about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs. This was typical of the gentle and sensitive style of film-making that has won him so much praise over the years.

Portrait of jonathan Stedall by Saied Dai
Portrait of Jonathan Stedall by Saied Dai

He has been an independent documentary film-maker since 1990. His book, Where on Earth is Heaven? was inspired by a question posed by his young son, and looks at the challenging issues of living and dying, looking and seeing, heaven and earth, and human potential. Written since the death of his wife in 2014, No Shore Too Far is a collection of heartfelt poems and meditations on the themes of death, bereavement and hope.

Parenting Toolkit author Caroline Penney is giving a workshop and talk at Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon on Thursday evening and Friday morning 24-25 Jan. Suitable for parents and carers of children aged 0 to 18.

Caroline Penney is a well-known systemic family therapist. She has been involved in training parents to facilitate parenting groups and courses. This talk and workshop will:

  • Explore what are the needs underlying all behaviour 
  • What are the needs and meaning underlying children’s behaviour. 
  • How do we get our needs met 
  • Using advanced listening skills to understand your child.
  • Tickets are £5 per person including tea or coffee.