Convention co-organiser and russellhoban.org webmaster Richard Cooper on the celebration of the celebration.
Russell Hoban: 80! A Celebration - booklet contents
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Russell Hoban and the founder of the Head of Orpheus, Dave Awl, welcome participants.
A special vintage for the convention.
Richard Cooper tells the story of how the 2005 Russell Hoban convention came about, with the help of international forum/fan club The Kraken, and Dr Yvonne Studer explains the significance of the name "Some-Poasyum".
Diana Slickman, the S in SA4QE, explains the origins of the annual Russell Hoban fan event.
Glenda Jackson MP, who played Naeara in the film of Turtle Diary, writes in support of the convention.
Braham Murray remembers Russell Hoban's adaptation of Riddley Walker for the Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Company.
Some-Poasyum organiser and russellhoban.org webmaster kicks off a list of 80 reasons why fans love Russell Hoban, who turned 80 shortly before the 2005 convention.
BBC radio producer Duncan Minshull pays tribute.
Sir Harrison Birtwistle on his collaboration with Russell Hoban.
Novelist David Mitchell pays tribute to Russell Hoban and to Riddley Walker, which partly inspired his award-winning novel Cloud Atlas.
The booklet editor lists his reasons for celebrating.
Mark Marcus recalls his introduction to Russell Hoban's work.
Dave Awl tells the story of how he came to build the first major Russell Hoban website and found the Kraken discussion forum in the late 1990s.
Screenwriter Andrew Davies recalls meeting Russell Hoban and pays tribute.
Lindsay Edmunds lists her reasons for celebrating the Some-Poasyum.
Ruth Bosch brings to life a classic Hoban parody from Kleinzeit.
Booklet editor and author Chris Bell explains the importance of Russell Hoban's books.
Dr Hugh Bowden reviews a performance of the Harrison Birtwistle opera, for which Russell Hoban wrote the libretto.
Tim Haillay riffs on Kong, a Hoban obsession.
Russell Hoban's longtime editor and publisher Liz Calder remembers the first time she saw the Riddley Walker manuscript.
Dr Yvonne Studer gives her reasons.
Lindsay Edmunds writes on the importance of turtles.
Dr Albert Bridge attempts to explain what it means for something to be Hobanic.
Linda Whitebread recalls an inspirational phone call.
Marion Stevenson pays tribute to a scene from The Moment under The Moment.
Booklet illustrator Ruth Bosch gives her reason for celebrating at the Some-Poasyum.
Russell Hoban's son pays tribute to his father on his 80th birthday.
Russell Hoban's longtime literary agent Bruce Hunter pays a personal tribute.
Longtime Russell Hoban illustrator Sir Quentin Blake contributes a special version of an old favourite.
Russell Hoban readers give reasons for their fandom.
Roland Clare recalls his first meeting with Russell Hoban.
Bryan Thalhammer rounds off the 80 reasons why fans are celebrating Russell Hoban's 80th birthday.
The mythical creature of the deeps gives its reason.
Credits and copyright
A postcard designed by Ruth Bosch was a limited-edition booklet freebie featuring the Mouse Father and Child sending their birthday wishes.