“One and all will hear and stay…”

_-3A merry crew on a fine spring day.

I love “The Graveyard Book”, I’ve posted about it here before, when I spent a few immensely enjoyable days reading it in various graveyards in my vicinity. So when, over at his blog, the esteemed author Mister Neil Gaiman answered a question a reader had about the precise steps for the Danse Macabre,  and mentioned that he would try to link to any video footage of readers dancing the Macabray that found its way to the interweb – well, I knew what had to be done.

A few weeks later and here is the video, thanks to the wonderful efforts of Ben, Erin, Lili, Lizbt, M1K3Y, Melodie, Michael, Omega, Rachel, Sam and Warren – who all took time out on Sunday to come down to my local botanic garden and prance around for a spell. Thank you peoples.

Things didn’t go entirely as I’d hoped, as some thoughtless couple decided to choose the exact same time to get married in precisely the bit of the gardens that I had plotted out the shoot in the day before – but the ‘best laid plans of the living and the dead’ as they say…

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  • Kate October 14th, 2009 at 8:02 am #1

    Absolutely totally awesome.

  • toxicfur October 14th, 2009 at 9:23 am #2

    Here from Mr. Neil’s blog, and I just wanted to say very nicely done. It’s honestly much how I’d pictured it going when I read “The Graveyard Book.”

  • Aline Martins October 14th, 2009 at 1:09 pm #3

    Well done! that’s a very good job!

    Aline Martins

  • Dian October 14th, 2009 at 3:29 pm #4

    Directed from Neil Gaiman’s blog too, how very very nice although I had a villageful of people pictured in my mind when I read the book, the dancing is just right– Wish I read Graveyard Book in the Graveyard, that must have been such a unique reading experience.

  • Julie October 14th, 2009 at 9:32 pm #5

    Very nice! The white, gauzy dresses are fabulous; they put me in mind of The Lady on the Grey. Love the soldier.

  • GenGen October 14th, 2009 at 10:13 pm #6

    so, so awesome! well done guys

  • Kevin October 15th, 2009 at 12:41 am #7

    Well done folks, well done indeed. As mentioned by others, Neil sent us here, so I hope you have the bandwidth for the traffic you’re likely to see this week!

  • Magrat October 15th, 2009 at 8:41 am #8

    Well done! I liked the Coraline-haired girl! And the soldier!
    Why didn´t I thought of reading the Graveyard Book in the right places?

    Greets from Germany

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  • Julie October 21st, 2009 at 1:11 am #10

    What fun! I wish I’d have thought of this. Hmmm…maybe this could be a national/international campaign.


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