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A slight lull has been in had in funding progress, partly due to my attention wavering towards other projects than the fact that universities are out and until the new year starts in September.

However, we have now successfully shipped donations of nearly all 33 works to the SOAS, Washington University Library, Oxford, Edinburgh, Leeds and even to the Royal Shakespeare Society. Cambridge University are also requesting a full set but the person in-charge is still sunbathing in the Algarve, I hear.

This is indeed great news (the donations I mean not the sunbathing bit) and I hope that with these books on their shelves more students will be able to share in Bill's wonderful output.

I have also contacted various other institutes/organisations with hope to donate further works to them and I am looking for further funding options to promote the Chinese Culture Series, at home and abroad (thanks to Carolyn Boynes for the heads-up on certain avenues that might bear fruit). I will keep you updated on progress of these further efforts but more-often that not our emails end up in the spam box which drags out and delays positive dialogue.

Finally, due to the sudden rush of donations we are now out of print of four volumes of works but certainly, with a little impetus, during the month of September I will work flat out on the first volume, No28 and digitise this with another one following soon afterwards.

All who have donated to the fund will of course receive their free copies of the completed digitised version and as we go forwards I will ensure that they also receive the rest.

Thanks again for helping us with this worthwhile cause and in keeping an enormous legacy alive: without which it will end up languishing and forgotten about. Discussed 'yes' but only in the past tense,

Ieuan Dolby

This last week has seen a sudden rush of books flying out of the door - donated and now shipped to the university libraries of Washington, Oxford, Edinburgh, Leeds, SOAS and to the RSC. I am beginning to know the courier driver on first name terms.

However, with the donation of books we are starting to see more volumes out-of-print. These are:

No33: Anthology of Chinese non-drama aria-poems (VOLUME TWO)

No30: Chinese non-drama aria-poems, an anthology (VOLUME ONE) 

No28: Chinese Allusions: a short dictionary

No27: Chinese Myths

The pressure is therefore on, to get cracking on the digitisation process - yikes. I am hesitant to put my mind to this immense task, a start that would overtake my own personal projects and for which the money is not there yet.

Lets see. Hopefully, a benevolent benefactor will barge-in at the last moment, one who recognises the importance of preserving these works.

It came to my attention that we should be providing updates to our generous donors, and to all interested parties, on the progress of the Chinese Culture Series and our goal of turning these valuable works into eBooks.

In this regard it is easier to do this by newsletter than to send out ad-hoc updates. Therefore, perhaps every two months we will send a newsletter to our subscribers, donors and friends.

Certainly, if you receive this newsletter and have no wish to do so then please unsubscribe through the bottom link of the newsletter.

And, equally so, it would be great if it could be passed around and/or others are pointed towards the newsletter signup at our website of http://www.williamdolby.com

 

Today, the funding campaign to create eBooks of the 33 volumes of the Chinese Culture Series, has had a positive boost. Two very kind donors have donated to the fund and slowly but surely the mountain is being scaled. One rock at a time.

Currently we have reached 360 pounds of the 20,000 Pound goal.

As a ships engineer and then as a ships casualty investigator, I have spent my working life (still a few years to go), attacking problems head-on: finding cause, isolating it and fixing it, quickly and under immense pressure to do so (drifting in rough seas is no fun). This current project has therefore been an exercise in patience, waiting for a sufficient amount to begin has been like watching a kettle boil - a very large one with the plug out. But I realise that I am expecting too much and that in situations like this I have to walk away for a while: as with the kettle, walk away and it soon boils. In fact, every time I turn my head a new surge starts which is fantastic.

I hope the dream will occur. Perhaps if we reach 1000 pounds, an initial start can be made on the first book, No28 Chinese Allusions, which we have already run out of print copies of. This could be a test run, a working exercise to see how the digitisation will go. And upon completion, to those who are interested, I can send a complimentary copy - all comments on its layout and design are then very welcome and appreciated as a precursor to the other 32 volumes.

I am keen to go ahead with this large project. I know, as most will, that if Bill's books are not turned into eBooks that his enormous achievement and legacy will slowly but surely vanish. So, it is with a great many thanks to those who have donated already, it is a small but bright light at the end of a long tunnel.

Fingers crossed.

 

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