There was a lovely response to my “feeler” post as to whether people would be interested in contributing letters/notes to Maggie Smith to coincide with her birthday this December, so I went ahead and bought an album, pictures of which can be seen above (click on each for full size). The album is quite substantial in feel, with cream pages, and tissue paper between each page.
For those who may have missed the post, the idea is pretty simple; to put together an album made up of letters from fans, along side a selection of our favorite pictures of Maggie from both her theatre and film career, and maybe some photo-shoots. I’ve included a sort of “mock up” of what the pages might perhaps look like (nothing is set in stone and I am open to suggestion) - the photograph on one page and then the letter on the other. I’m also presently looking into commissioning an illustrator for a few select images for the internal first page.
As for the contributions, I think letters and notes are best; what you write is up to you though; it can be a simple “Happy Birthday”, a congratulations on her new Companion of Honour title, or something longer expressing what she means to you or why you admire her so much (the “mock up” page above is purely to show how the pages might look in terms of layout, not text length). The only stipulation is maybe try to keep it to one A4 page, but if you can’t, please let me know and I’ll see how the album is for space.
Like I said on the “feeler” post last week, I think it’s probably easier for everyone if people just email me their contributions, that way we aren’t at the mercy of the various postal services, plus in printing everything out the matter of handwriting legibility is no longer a problem (speaking as someone with a scrawl for her handwriting).
With regard to the photographs used; if people know of a specific image they like, just email me and say so, but please keep in mind that the picture needs to be HQ for printing purposes. I have a pretty good HQ collection now, so fingers crossed I’ll have most of what people suggest. If we can’t find enough images this way, I’ll make a series of posts with a selection and people can choose that way.
The only two things left to add are the contact email for sending me your contributions and picture suggestions, and the deadline.
Contact email: email@example.com
Deadline: November 17th, 2014 (this should allow for plenty of time to get everything printed and attached to the album, and for the album posted before the Christmas post rush)