After all the speculation and rumours in the press, the details of STATIONERY CLUB NO.2 can now be confirmed.

The event will be taking place on TUESDAY 23rd MARCH 2010 at 7pm, upstairs at the HORSE AND GROOM on Great Portland Street.

Of course, I’m sure by now you are all familiar with the idea of Stationery Club, but if you are unsure of what’s involved, it’s this:

I see Stationery Club as similar to a book club. People in a pub and rather than everyone discussing the book they have just read, they discuss the pen they have used. It wouldn’t always need to be a pen, of course, it might be index markers, or a mechanical pencil, or a new type of paper clip. The point is, before each meeting, one member would nominate a piece of stationery, and then all the other members would use it for a week or so and then it would be discussed by the group.

For Stationery Club No.2, the topic up for discussion is NOTEBOOKS.

Black & Red, Moleskine, Silvine. Everyone has a favourite. Bring yours along and justify your love. Do you agree with Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel’s savage attack on the Moleskine:

The magic has surely gone out of the little black tablet now that you can buy it everywhere, and in pastel pink, and even get it from Amazon

Do you, like Mantel, require perforations in your notebooks?

Spiral bound, glued, stapled or stitched?

Plain, ruled or squared?

And then, of course, there’s the question of size.

I am sure that there will be lots of fierce debate, but of course, we won’t be talking about notebooks all night. There’s so much else to talk about. Feel free to bring along a favourite pen, pencil or protractor for us to talk about.

I hope to see you there.