Readers & Writers’ first ever fundraising event, Personal Wonderlands, held on the evening of 25th November 2003, was a resounding success artistically and financially.
Alexei Sayle (Puckoon) and PEN members Jung Chang (The Little Match Girl) and Bonnie Greer (Another Country) also accepted our invitations to speak, while
English PEN’s then president, Victoria Glendinning, commented: “These eminent authors read aloud from the books that had turned them on when they were five, or eight, or thirteen and because these books had meant so much to them, these distinguished writers seemed, somehow, five, or eight, or thirteen, again while they were reading. Looking at the rapt faces in the audience, I saw that they were, too. There was a two-way current.”
Bloomberg donated the evening’s refreshments and its City venue while donors including artist Paula Rego, Raymond Briggs, the Blairs and our speakers – with special guest auctioneers Tony Bradman and Neil Arksey – contributed to the success of the evening’s auction. This generosity and the support of many PEN members and friends enabled us to raise just over our target of £10,000 for the programme.
Personal Wonderlands also generated publicity for Readers & Writers. Antonia Fraser spoke about the evening on Radio 4’s Start the Week while
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