Wednesday 2 December 2015

Next -Up - Kensington Christmas Book Fair

Christmas comes early this year
for book lovers!

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

Kensington Christmas Book Fair
Saturday, 12th December


Saturday 10 October 2015

Oxford Fine Press Fair 31 october - 1 november

Still desperately finishing my new books for this biennial fair at Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy 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......

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Next Up - Lewes ArtWave 2015

I will be opening my studio for Lewes Art Wave   -  it is venue 16 in the brochure

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.

Next Up - Lewes ArtWave

Tuesday 21 April 2015

The Alchymical Garden of Thomas Browne

New for Turn the Page in Norwich - 1-2 May......might just be ready in time!........

Come and see the whole book............

Monday 2 March 2015

New Work, New Acitivities for 2015

Pictures soon when more work is finished

I shall be exhibiting at TTP - the wonderful Artists Book Fair in Norwich in May - 1st-2nd
- shorter than you think by train from London and a beautiful place to visit.....

follow the link here:

I am also busy finishing a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair at the end of October


Women in Print: Witchcraft and the Popular Press 1920- 1990
April 11th 2015 9.30am- 4.30pm  The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall

Full Price £50   Student/Speaker rate £25
Inclusive of entrance to the museum and refreshments.
The ‘Women in Print’events are an occasional series of  gatherings to discuss  the ways in which women’s creative and intellectual cultural agency is manifest through and framed by popular print culture. At each event a limited edition print run of illustrated CHAPBOOKS by contemporary writers, artists and academics will be available. These were recently featured on the blog All Things Considered . see link here :

look up under design, then scroll down from great review of Johnny Hannah's new 
women in print review by Angie Lewin 
The third of the  ‘Women in Print’ events, this study day  seeks to investigate the ways in which women's contribution to 20th c. popular print culture described and framed ideas about  'witchcraft'.
Supported by Manchester School of Art in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the study day will take place at the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle, Cornwall, on Saturday 11th April 2015 from 9.30 am – 4.30pm. Tickets are available online via

Contributing speakers come from a wide range of disciplines and practices- Literature, Anthropology, Design, Art History and witchcraft itself, the day will offer a diverse and interdisciplinary consideration of the role of print media in shaping our collective understanding of witchcraft.
The day will be split into three sessions, the first discussing ways of  Reading the Witch. Marion Gibson, Professor of Magical and Renaissance Literature at the University of Exeter, will talk about ‘Witchcraft and the Novel 1919- 1929’. Dr. Fiona Hackney, an expert in Design Cultures and Community Engagement from the school Art and Design at Falmouth University, will be talking about ‘the witch as a figure of folkcraft and rural modernity in the fiction of Ruth Manning Sanders’. Katherine Hodgkin will be talking about ‘pagans and demons in the English village’ and the presence of witchcraft in women’s detective fiction.  Dr. Eleanor Byrne from Manchester Metropolitan University will be considering the witch in children’s literature of the 1970’s.
The second session will look at Magical Landscapes Joyce Froome, witchcraft expert and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic will be talking about Dorothy Jacob and her book’ A Witches’ Guide to Gardening’ in relation to ‘sixtiesfeminine folk wickedness’, Author, craftsman and witchcraft historian Steve Patterson will talk about the painter and magician IthellColqhoun and ‘the alchemical transformation of Lamorna valley’ bringing his expertise into West Country witchcraft to the subject. The artist/printmaker and independent researcher Carolyn Trant will be talking about IthellColqhoun in relation to Aleister Crowley and the Surrealists.
In the final session will look at Histories and collections of witchcraft,  Dr.Helen Cornish will be considering the reputation of the anthropologist Margaret Murray, and her controversial book ‘The God of the Witches’, published in 1931.Illustrator Hayley Potter will explain how her recent residency at the Museum has informed her research into the way women collected and classified magical artefacts. Finally, we are delighted that Dave Chatton- Barker and Ian Humerstone (Folklore Tapes) will talk about their experimental fieldwork and research into Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor. The day will end with a multimedia, performance from the Folklore tapes. Their blend of analogue technology, folklore and landscape is a suitably magical spectacle to end the day’s proceedings.
There will be refreshments available throughout the day, and the ticket price includes free entrance to the museum and library.
If you have any questions about the event please contact
Desdemona McCannon, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art.

Please buy tickets and register online by following this link