June 5th 2017
The Shipley Wayzgoose was a wonderful day. the sun was shining and it seemed like the whole town had come to the Kirkgate Centre.
Whether they'd come to see what a Wayzgoose was, or just to sample the Cafe menu, I don't know. But they came in their hundreds with money to spend. Not only did we sell more of our hand-printed books than at any other fair we've been to, but we met lots of interesting people!
People like the man who had cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats - with an Adana Printing machine on the back of his bicycle - printing whenever he stopped!
March 5th 2017
We had a wonderful day yesterday in St. Andrews at the Stanza Poet's Bookmart.
The weather was very wet but it didn't deter the poetry buyers, and our books sold better than expected.
We shared a table with Jennie Elliot (The Shed Press) who was winner of the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award 2016. We were runners-up in that competition, and so we swopped books and stories.
John Horn has written an amazing critique of our book "Chat Noir"
Le Chat Noir …
breathes its story into you
its soul captured in a magic pamphlet
that whispers scenes
more real than reality.
Listen to the cadence of singing images
read the living theatre of phrases
feel the hearts of characters
more alive than life.
Behold the ethereal beauty
of exquisite graphics
that dance in their stillness
like a frozen ballet.
Turn enchanted pages
that are wondrous dreams
from which you sadly awaken.
at the conclusion
of their spell binding narrative.
Callum MacDonald Memorial Award at the National Library of Scotland.
"journey" by John Horn was one of six short-listed Poetry Pamphlets (out of 28 submitted). It was not one of the two winners - but it was a great evening.
Nice things were said about the publication
by Lesley Duncan who writes for the Glasgow Herald
And John Horn gave a wonderful reading of the poem at this his first appearance at the National Library of Scotland.
Our latest Poetry Pamphlet "journey" written by John Horn and illustrated by Frances Grant has been shortlisted (six out of the whole of Scotland) for the Callum MacDonald Memorial Award at the National library of Scotland.
The awards ceremony is on May 12th at the NLS in Edinburgh at 6pm.
Two of our books "Hiawatha" and "London Bridge" have been selected for an artists book exhibition at the Culturale Art Gallery Museum Nabilafluxus, Paese in Italy (near Venice).
The Exhibition is to be held at the Civic Museum, City of S.Dona Di
Piave (Venice) 23rd April – 8th May 2016
February 15th 2016
"King John and the Abbot of Canterbury" is finally finished, and it looks rather good.
January 12th, 2016
A year ago we started making our own Photopolymer relief blocks.
After a lot of experimentation with different Photopolymer materials we settled on KF95 Solar Plate from Intaglio in London. Exposure time at 10 - 12 minutes seemed to work, with 15 minutes for fine lines. All the illustrations are done - most in two colours - and look good. I have almost finished the 28 verses. Hope to have the book finished soon.
December 20th, 2015
Just finished a letterpress printed poetry pamphlet of John Horn’s lovely poem “journey” with two illustrations by Frances Grant. Limited edition of 28 copies on Gerstaecker paper in Bockingford covers, signed by the printer, the illustrator, and the poet.
We think we might enter it in the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award next year. (NLS Edinburgh)
December 2nd , 2015
The Annual Poetry Pamphlet Fair at the National Library of Scotland was tonight at 6pm. We met some old friends like Leonard McDermid of the Stitchill Marigold Press (another Letterpress enthusiast), and made some new ones.
Bought Stephane Greene’s “Flout” (Happenstance), and Morelle Smith’s “The Ravens and the Lemon tree” (Poetry Scotland).
Sold the last copy of John Horn’s “Trio”. A good night was had by all.
January 12th, 2015
Our new U.V. Exposure Box has just arrived from p2c engineering on Canvey Island.
Our plan is to make our own Photopolymer relief blocks from Frances’ line drawings to go with our letterpress type.
The big project for this year is to print a version of “King John and the Abbot of Canterbury” with two-colour illustrations. Watch this space!