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Invite to Small Publisher’s Fair & Invite to A Pollock’s Gallimaufry Exhibition . . .

The week before participating in the forthcoming Small Publishers Fair, several of my toy bagatelles are included in the exhibition A Pollocks Gallimaufry – the opening of which takes place on Thursday 7 of November. During the opening I will read stories from a booklet titled Mr Pollock’s Cut Outs – an edition of 54 copies – made for the exhibition. The stories were written by cutting out words and phrases from the guide book to the Pollock Toy Museum and using ONLY these to invent new stories.

National Poetry Library, Small Publishers Fair and Zero Waste

Copies of these recent books This World Will Never . . . DAWN and Owlmen / Menowls have been purchased by the National Poetry Library for their collection at the Southbank Centre, London. Further details and images of these books are in the Portfolio section of this site.

This World Will Never . . .


OwlMen / MenOwls

For the second year I will be participating in the Small Publishers Fair which takes place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, on the 15 and 16 of November from 11 am to 7 pm. Further details and full list of participants here

The concertina book 6 Views Leicester is included in the Zero Waste artists’ books exhibition being held at UWE, Bristol, Bower Ashton Library, 20 September to 20 October and then at the Estonian Academy of Arts Library, Tallinn from November 2019 to February 2020. The exhibition ‘alludes to responsible lifestyles, ending waste and a concern for the future of the planet. The exhibition’s artworks not only feature themes related to pollution and nature conservation, but also place equal importance on valuing human relationships.’ The exhibition features books made by  students studying graphic arts at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, Artists’ books from UWE Bristol students and artists’ books from the Centre for Fine Print Research’s Archive.

Details of 6 Views Leicester are available in the Portfolio section of this site.

Further details of the exhibition here

My Hands

My hand (s) were recently photographed by Cally Trench for her Artists’ Hands project. In 2020 / 21 Cally will exhibit all of the images, in the meantime the photograph chosen by Cally, the entire Artists’ Hands project, and further information can be seen here ~

As well as the photograph selected for the project, Cally also took these photographs.

Gwalia Gazette – World Book Night 2019

Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood was selected by the WBN 2019 coordinator Linda Parr with 47 contributors reading Under Milk Wood and then selecting their ten favourite words. Artists, translators and writers sent their chosen words from Canada, Germany, Israel, The Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and USA.


My favourite words were – in English and Welsh


Biscuit / bisged

Kippers / penwaig

Nuzzle / Trwyno

Sill / Sil

Tea caddy / Cadi te

Tea gowns / Gynau the

Treacle / Triog

Trousers / Trowsus

Wet nosed / Tlawd gwlyb

Whale juice / Morfil sudd


The core group of WBN United Artists visited Carmarthen and Laugharne in March 2019 and after a trip to Dylan Thomas’s former home, the words were jumbled up to use as the basis for elements of a local small newspaper, the Gwalia Gazette, featuring local news, classified ads, a poets’ corner, advertisements for local shops and services, racing results and lonely hearts.


Link here to a PDF version of the Gwalia Gazette ~


Gwalia Gazette Video ~


For World Book Night, a video was made featuring photographs from Carmarthen and Laugharne, a specially produced map by Linda Parr, and the making of the Gwalia Gazette with visual responses to some of the words by Guy Begbie, Jeremy Dixon, Gen Harrison, Zelda Velika.


Contributors to the project: Vick Bain, Guy Begbie, Kate Bernstein, Csilla Biro, Julie Blankenship, Sarah Bodman, Nancy Campbell, Chrystal Cherniwchan, Andrew Dally, Jeremy Dixon, Sara Elgerot, Su Fahy, Jil Fairclough, Stephen Fowler, Jan Fyfe, Hazel Grainger, Gen Harrison, Hazel Ingrey, Rosemary Ingrey, Eva C Johansson, Elaine Knight, Mary Kritz, Pauline Lamont‐Fisher, Jill Lauriston, Daniel Lehan, Tamar MacLellan, Barbara A Morton, Linda Parr, Sumi Perera, Karen Pierce, Bernd W Plake, Catherine Polley, Martin Polley, Alison Raybould, Andrea Robinson, Lynne Shaw, Gwen Simpson, Noriko Suzuki Bosco, Elisabeth Tonnard, Eran Tzelgov, Zelda Velika, Cathey Webb, Corinne Welch, Ulla West, Maria White, Roy Willingham, and Philippa Wood.


Copies of the Gazette are held in the following collections and libraries ~


Archivo Libri d”Artista, Milan

Bavarian State Library

The Saint Petersburg Literary Museum

Caulfield Library, Monash University, Melbourne

The British Library, London

Cyprus University of Technology

KKV Grafik Artist’s Book Arkiv, Sweden

NabilaFluxus Archive Museum, Treviso

State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Tate Britain, London

Yale Centre for British Art, USA



Greek Sculpture and Hummingbirds – An Enchanting Swim – HELD

These three books which will be launched at the Small Publishers Fair taking place at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 from 11am to 7pm.


Please contact me at to purchase.


Greek Sculpture and Humming Birds

28.5 x 21 cm

14 images laser printed on acetate / 14 images laser printed on paper

£25 plus p+p





An Enchanting Dive . . .

20 x 29 cm

10 pages, laser printed

Each copy printed on a different coloured paper

£12 plus p + p




14 x 14.5 cm

33 pages, laser printed

Individual covers

£15 plus p+p




Poetry Wales & Small Publishers Fair 2018

In Poetry Wales (Volume 53 Number 3, Spring 2018) Chris McCabe reviews The New Concrete Poetry : Visual Poetry in the 21st Century – and includes his account of my text piece – Book Pages Destroyed by Typewriter – included in this collection.


I remember standing at a photocopier with Daniel Lehan and moving around his work ‘Book Pages Destroyed by Typewriter’. We thought the pages with the holes in would be the most interesting but they weren’t, it was the pieces that had fallen out. We placed them on a glass surface and seared them with electric light.



The Book Pages were taken from a variety of vintage books published in French, and were made whilst living in Quebec, their frail pages destroyed by typing heavily and with no ribbon in the typewriter.


About The New Concrete Poetry  –


This new volume is a highly illustrated overview of contemporary artists and poets working at the intersection of visual art and literature, producing some of the most engaging and challenging work in either medium. Edited by poets Victoria and Chris McCabe, with an introductory essay by renowned poet Kenneth Goldsmith, The New Concrete is an indispensable introduction to the breadth of concrete poetry being produced today. This extensive survey features over 90 artists including: Vito Acconci, Tauba Auerbach, Fiona Banner, Derek Beaulieu, Caroline Bergvall,  Jaap Blonk, Pavel Büchler, Henri Chopin, Bob Cobbing, Simon Cutts, Alec Finlay, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Karl Holmqvist, Jenny Holzer, Lilianne Lijn, Hansjörg Mayer, Stuart Mills, Tom Phillips, Colin Sackett, Nick Thurston, Sue Tompkins, and Cerith Wyn Evans.




The Small Publisher Fair takes place at Conway Hall , Red Lion Square, London WC1 on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 from 11am to 7pm. Available at my table will be the books shown in the shop section of this website and a host of new books including those in previous posts below.


Small Publishers’ Fair

I am delighted to be participating for the first time in the Small Publishers’ Fair taking place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of November 2018 at Conway Hall, Bloomsbury, London.


These recently produced books will be added to the number of my books available at the fair.


Henri Rousseau’s Paintings of Glen Coe – 12.8 x 19 cm, 17 pages, laser printed, stab bound, £10.00



The Isle Of Skye A Handbook For Tourists – 12.8 x 19.8 cm, 14 pages, laser printed, stab bound, £10.00



Lets See Glen Coe – 12.6 x 18.8 cm, 13 pages, laser printed, stab bound, £10.00



Inverness, The Cairngorms And The Great Glen, collaged with text from How To Drive A Car – 13.2 x 19.8 cm, 15 pages, laser printed, stab bound, £10.00



Maintain A Light Contact – 19.8 x 12 cm, 8 pages, laser printed, pamphlet bound, £5.00



Road Signs That Make For Safety – 14.5 x 10.4 cm, 6 pages, laser printed, pamphlet bound, £5.00



A L’école Nationale D’élevage (At The National Breeding School) – 6 x 9.5 cm, 6 pages, laser printed, staple bound, £3.00

Window Display

A display of five



in the window of



these boxes form part of an ongoing series of collaged cigar boxes – the boxes will be shown for a little while, then will be viewable inside the shop.


Installation shots



Image of each box . . .




Frankenstein In Liverpool, Asheville, and Santander

The Liverpool Book Fair took place at the Central Library on the 7 and 8 June 2018



and I took time away from my table, taking the opportunity to see the Frankenstein themed Book Art Exhibition held in the magnificent Victorian libraries upstairs – with its whispering gallery, and an original copy of Audubon’s Birds of America (1827 -38). The exhibition included copies of my Frankenstein based book –  RINFANTENESK – and a framed collage exhibited in glass cabinets. RINFANTENESK is include here in Sarah Bodman’s review of the exhibition for A-N magazine

Images of the exhibition courtesy of Robin Crewley . . .







From Liverpool to North Carolina, to the . . . It’s Alive ! Frankenstein, 200 years – Artist Book and Print Exhibition at Asheville BookWorks, 9 August to 31 October 2018.
For this, I produced a large version (41.5 x 29.5 cm) of RINFANTENESK – black on red paper with black cloth covers, the title RINFANTENESK foil blocked with clear foil, stab bound, presented in a collaged black box. Here are three of the eighteen pages, including the text for each page below each image . .


My dear kind Henry, thank you for you letter of September 9th

For some days I was writhed under the ice of the mountain

unseen and unknown the dreams of forgotten wondrous works crept over me

perfect solitary from all I love I listened to the song of the birds

I should have died


My dear Clerval ! beloved friend ! you should be here

The mercenary old nurse with silver hairs

bestowed such joy upon me

roused me to

dabble in dirt

looking at the stars

with the joy a child feels

The next morning, at daybreak

I drew nearer home

Be assured, sir

I shall be for ever grateful


My dear Felix and Safie

I clapped my hands for joy wafted to a land

far north of London On the third day I was now alone

with a hasty step my joints more supple I ceased to fear

the sweet voice of a bird

had leisure for reflection

I often sat for hours motionless and speechless

eyes half closed to compose my mind no one near me

A thousand times I felt the silence

Several months passed in this manner

I shall no longer feel the agonies Remember that Heaven bless you




Finally to Santander, Spain for – Encounters with Books / Encuentro con Libro – an exhibition in an artist’s book, produced in English and Spanish, for IMPACT 10, Printmaking Conference, 1 to 9 September 2018.


Artists from Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and USA were invited to participate in this collaborative book. They have sent their own encounters with books to share with you at the Biblioteca Central Cantabria in Santander . . .


Introduction by Sarah Bodman, Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE Bristol, a fuller description is here


My contribution to the book is a text comprising of phrases cut from Frankenstein, composed to comment upon my reading of Frankenstein . . .


Encounters with Frankenstein

It was in the latter end of September that among the deserts of Scotland I chanced upon a volume of this book, I read with the greatest avidity. So ardent and eager I could not sleep. I spent the winter in this manner. Through this work I learned the words, fire, milk, sister, spirit, brother, bread, and wood, and wrote down a list of several other words, such as good, dearest, unhappy then dome, and Paradise and sorrows and wedding. I lay on my straw, as I read, and learnt of vice and bloodshed, of pale radiance amongst the moonlight woods; of the blind mole or harmless worm, of utter and stupid despair. Mary’s was the only story to be wonderful her dark eyes, fringed by deep lashes, and her words pierce my heart. The silent working of words from her plunge me into a tingling long-lost sense of pleasure. I was overcome by these feelings. I jumped over chairs, soaring amidst the clouds her words bade me be at peace in dreams of bliss to rapture. I was now free.