EuroQUIP, 23 May 2019
24 Friends met at Westminster Meeting House on Thursday 23 May for the annual gathering of European QUIP. The day consisted of a mix of presentations and workshops together with the usual sharing of recently published books and projects underway. The day began with a discussion on what constitutes a ‘Quaker’ book, which ranged widely but came to no very fixed conclusions. A part of this time was given over to a vigorous discussion of whether a hagiographical approach to Quaker biography was, or was not, a good thing.
This led into the discussion between Andrew Murphy, recent author of ‘William Penn: a life’, and Rex Ambler of how we should approach the various sides of that complex character.
After lunch there were workshops on the experience of producing a first book from three novice UK authors and on writing for a Quaker periodical by the editors of The Friend and The Friends Quarterly. The day was rounded off by an intriguing presentation by Harvey Gilman on the subject of ‘Words’.