Dear Mac at the British Library

People - Books Thursday, 20 September 2018

Thomas Hardy and Douglas Adams among the featured authors as Pan Macmillan offers an evening of readings from its archive

Pan Macmillan presented, as part of its 175th birthday celebrations, Dear Mac: Author Letters from the Macmillan Archive at the British Library, where substantial portions of the archive are housed.

The readings began with correspondence from the publisher's founders Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, and moved on to authors including Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy (turned down several times by Macmillan before it at last took on The Woodlanders), Enid Blyton, Douglas Adams, and, featuring the authors themselves, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. As well as reading, Scheffler and Chris Riddell contributed live drawings - Riddell's March Hare is below.

Photo (by Four Culture): readers Robert McCrum (left - a Macmillan descendant) and David Macmillan (third from right) were joined by authors (from left) Sharlene Teo, David Olusoga, Chris Riddell, Joanna Trollope, Julia Donaldson, and Axel Scheffler.

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