No, we’re not adding astrology to our skills here at Four Colman Getty but, thanks to Findmypast, we may be able to help you predict the name of the person you’re most likely to marry.
Findmypast’s ‘You Called Me What?!’ tool was designed and developed in-house from birth records since 1837, and allows users to find not only the most likely name of their future spouse but also how unique their name is and their probable place of birth.
Jilly Cooper, a writer with a bestselling rollcall of names to her credit, got involved in helping us spread the word - as you can read from Alice's account later.
Elsewhere we've had the usual busy May with lots of news-y launches and projects. We launched the brand-new Cliveden Literary Festival which will be taking place in mid-October with a glittering line-up of writers, historians and thinkers. That should be a definite date in your diary for 14/15 October.
We also handled the awarding of two quite different prizes during the month. The first was the Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize which went to Professor Stephen Hawking in honour of his contribution to society.
In contrast we also looked after the International Dylan Thomas Prize which highlights young writers under 39 and which went to Fiona McFarlane for her unsettling book, The High Places.
You’ll remember from last month that we were working on the acclaimed Doppia Firma exhibition during London Craft Week. It was the first UK exhibition from the newly established Michelangelo Foundation and I was one of the first through the door to see the truly inspirational creative collaborations on display. I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll be working on the exhibition again as it heads to Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week this October.
Meantime our events manager, Miriam, was 'putting on her top hat' for a day at the races. She had been commissioned by new client, An Post, to organise a fun-filled day at Ascot for twenty of their top UK clients. Sounds like fun but it’s an enormous amount of hard work too!
Talking of fun, no edition of our May newsletter would be complete without a mention or two of the Hay Literary Festival which of course is running as I write this. Like Four Colman Getty, Hay is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017 and we were involved in three events there over the weekend: A celebration of the Man Booker International Prize – the winner of which will be announced at the V & A on 14 June; a sell-out event with Philippe Sands, winner of the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction with East West Street.
Possibly most spectacularly, Helen Fielding was presented with her prize for winning the 2017 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction: a locally-sourced Gloucestershire Old Spot Pig, named after the winning title, Bridget Jones’s Baby.
Helen’s winnings also included a jeroboam of Bollinger Special Cuvée, a case of Bollinger La Grande Année and the complete set of the Everyman Wodehouse collection, which now totals 99 books. Helen’s such a professional that she even wore a spotted dress to match the pig!
That’s all for this month but more at the end of June.