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.

Andrew Miller and Rex Ambler discuss William Penn

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’.

Harvey Gilman speaking of ‘Words’
Friends discuss their finds on the book table