Today, I approved the printer’s proofs—the moment of letting go. Even on Sunday, as I went through it one last time, I was finding egregious mistakes. It’s hard to believe they’ve all been caught, despite the efforts of several proofreaders. I’ve been publishing books since 1993 and it seems only to have got harder. Perhaps it’s true that, as Elvis Costello sang, ‘It isn’t youth, it’s fearlessness / That has been wasted on the young‘. So, to mark the moment, here’s the cover of the book, with a beautiful photo by Katarina Zlatec, of ‘Osunčana mjesta’ a participatory art work by Zoran Pavelić for Dotrščina Virtual Museum, Zagreb, Croatia. To me it speaks of the creativity, seriousness, engagement and courage of the best participatory art today.
On the back of the book, are some quotes from readers, including one from Stella Duffy, which ends: ‘this is a hopeful book, focused on deeds not words, on activity and action, which is fortunate—there is much to be done‘. That seems a good way to close the year. On 17 January 2019, the book will be published. It will cost £10, but will also be freely available as a PDF on this site. As this year ends, I send my thanks to the hundreds of people who have helped, and to the readers of this blog, with season’s greetings and hope for a happy and peaceful new year.