I'll be open 10-5 on the August weekends of 20/21, 27, 28, 29(bank holiday)
and 3/4 september
and in the week by appointment...
Maps etc are on the artwave website but I'm really easy to find - head for the top (Brighton end) of town and go just past the 'bottleneck' traffic lights and the 15th Century Bookshop on the other side, to the sign that says Con Club, sandwiched between two bits of Lewes Old Grammar School - if you get to Shelleys Hotel you've just gone too far. On the way call in at The Tom Paine Printing Press at 151 High Street by the traffic lights - prints and typography from a replica wooden 18th century printing press - right opposite the house of Thomas Paine. You can park in Westgate Street if there's a space or use the County Council car park at weekends further up near St Anne's Church.
The Con Club has a bar and a garden - open after 12 usually, and I will have brochures with all the other open venues in town and around.
Don't miss Fishpond Studio at Cooksbridge, just out of town, where my Lewes Printmakers latest book The Spaces In-Between will be on display alongside other prints and cards - this is the one-off version with handprinted pages - a digital version will be on sale in time for Christmas and you can order in advance.
I'm still working on a 'peepshow' of the The Reddleman's Daughter and will post up a picture next week - all the printing now done and waiting to dry before starting to assemble....
The Forum, Millenium Plain. Norwich NR2 1TF10a.m - 4 p.m
past few years I have exhibited with Turn the Page in Norwich I will have a
special display of my books, prints and box art alongside other Norwich
specialities at the
new PBFA Book Fair on May 14th.
I have also made a new cut-out version of my original book......
When you come to the fair, do visit the church to
see the memorial to this wonderful man – it’s a beautiful church and it sells
an excellent booklet with many more details about Browne and his life and work.
Sir Thomas Browne 1605 – 82 was a physician, philosopher,
writer, antiquarian and natural historian who also introduced large number of
new words into the English language. He inspired painter Paul Nash to make the
artists book - ‘Urne Buriall’ ;
The book contains Browne’s reflections on ancient burial
customs and the transience of fame.
He had a questioning and non dogmatic approach to life; his
humanity made him a good physician and his presence often made patients feel
W G Sebald ‘s Rings of Saturn is a wonderful
evocation of the man and his life, and his statue is also mentioned in
Hartley’s The Go-Between when Marian takes Leo on a shopping trip into
Norwich, leaving him to wait for her near the market.
The statue on Hay Hill was erected 1905 as a marker of the
three hundred years since his birth. He is depicted holding a piece of ancient
pottery although it doesn’t look large enough to be an urn.
The surrounding sculptures representing his various books
were commissioned by the City Council more recently.
He is buried in the chancel of St Peter Mancroft Church
nearby –with a marble memorial tablet erected by his wife on the wall, and six
of his children are also buried in the church. He died on his birthday aged 77.
His coffin was later disturbed and his skull sent to London in a special casket and five casts made; the original skull is now re-interred but one of the casts remains in the church.
There is a special collection of his works in Norwich
Central Library at the Forum.
Last year Hugh Aldersey-Williams published a wonderful biography called
The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century -
well worth a read;
it makes Browne very accessible - you'll soon be won over by the man too.
Browne was born in London but moved to Norwich around 1636 and settled there for the rest of his life. His large and rather splendid house was within the parish,
near to what is now the ‘Pret’ on the Haymarket; alongside some more medieval
buildings it was demolished in 1837. In it he kept a large collection of
natural things, including birds eggs; he was the first person to study the
migratory patterns of birds. He also kept a bittern in his garden for a couple
of years, a well as growing vegetables and herbs.
He was a practising
physician in Norwich during periods of plague. In the summer of 1666, ‘the present and daily increasing
visitation of the plague’ was so severe that Justices of the Peace for Norfolk urged
Henry Woods, the Mayor of Norwich, to consider holding a market outside the
city, so that country people bringing provisions for sale might be at less risk of
infection from ‘that noisome
‘A meadow I use in this city, beset about with
sallows’, is how Thomas Browne described the little meadow in the Cathedral precinct
which he leased from the Dean and Chapter from at least 1669 onwards. The lease was
renewed in 1681. Eventually new houses were built there in the precinct and the
remaining small plot is now used as a car park – there is a plaque on the wall there.
There is no evidence that
he was an 'alchymist’ but I have used the term to try and convey the all
encompassing metaphysical spirit of enquiry in his work and his fascination
with growth, decay and decomposition and the passing of time.
When almost 100 leading booksellers from Britain and around the world descend on the capital, there is sure to be a buzz of anticipation. Thousands of beautiful, rare, collectable and quirky books, prints, photographs and ephemera will be offered for sale at prices to suit every enthusiast.
The Fair Manager and Exhibitors have pleasure in inviting you
to the Kensington Christmas Book Fair
on Saturday, 12th December
10:30am to 4:30pm
£2 (or free with this inviation)
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, W8 7NX
Public car park on site
Cafe on-site, open throughout the fair
Nearest tube is High Street Kensington (2mins walk)
I will be exhibiting my artist books at this and will have lots of smaller items suitable for Christmas presents and stocking fillers Look forward to seeing all my London friends there...and think it will be worth a trip from farther afield....
collectors old and new are invited to join us for this special Christmas treat
Please bring or show this ticket for free entry
Christmas Book Fair Saturday, 12th December
Still desperately finishing my new books for this biennial fair at Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy Lane......here are some images of work in progress to whet the appetite.....
look forward to seeing everyone
These images are even more exciting than I thought as two of them persist in appearing upside down, baffling - you'll have to come and see the book for yourself......
I'll be there weekends ( and Bank Holiday ) 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31 August and 5,6 September; if you want to come out of hours just get in touch...normal hours 10am - 5pm
First door on the left as you go in to the
Lewes Constitutional Club
139 High Street
There will be new work in progress - a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Bookfair end of october is on the way
and work centred around a recent book The Alchymical Garden of Thomas Browne ( see previous post for some images )
as well as older prints and books and lots of new cards
if you are weary there is a garden out the back and you can get a drink at the bar!
This image is for Marcus at the Booth Museum who very kindly talked me through how to glue dead butterflies to some twigs for a small installation in a dome - what a wonderful place that museum is.
Sir Thomas Browne ( 1605 -1682) was a wonderful seventeenth century writer, natural philosopher and physician, admired by Virginia Woolf, Sebald, Borges and Marias, and Paul Nash - whose Artists' Book 'Urn Buriall' is a personal favourite of mine . Like Montaigne, Browne lives and writes in that wonderful period - as religious dogmatism starts to crumble but before eighteenth century rationalism develops new straightjackets of its own - when the inquiring mind can soar through imagined space and time making its own stories about how we might observe and fathom out the world and its infinite possibilities, 'moral and intellectual mazes' as his new biographer puts it....
His gloriously elaborate language is a joy and he is responsible for introducing and composing more new words into the english language than any other single person. I greatly recommend Hugh Aldersey Williams new book about him, the Adventures of Thomas Browne in the 21st Century - i hope it introduces him to a new audience.