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English/Tok Pisin book folding instructions

March 22nd, 2015 by gileslane
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As part of the indigenous public authoring / TEK (traditional environmental & cultural knowledge) project I am working on with anthropologist James Leach in Papua New Guinea we have created a simple 1 page poster of folding instructions for making up bookleteer/diffusion books in English and Tok Pisin. Thanks to Porer Nombo and Rembi Yemui of Reite village, Rai Coast, who helped with the description, translation and localised spelling.
Download it here (A4 670Kb)

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Contemporary Small Press Fair at Uni Westminster

February 18th, 2015 by gileslane
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On Friday 20th Feb bookleteer will be taking part in the Contemporary Small Press Fair at the University of Westminster (6-9pm). We’ll be bringing along hundreds of books which have been made and shared with bookleteer and which have been printed using our unique short run printing service. Some of these will be examples of the publications distributed via the Periodical, so if you’d like to acquire some of your favourites, come along.

Friday 20th February 2015, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1

The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium — 10:00-17:00, Book Fair and readings — 18:00-21:00

The symposium is free to all but booking is essential

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the Periodical issue 29

February 17th, 2015 by gileslane
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February’s issue (number 29) contains two books : the second book in my series of texts inspired by Magna Carta featuring the 1688 Bill of Rights + the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man. These three key documents trace back to and build on the Charter’s legacy and were all to prove fundamental to the emerging democracies of Britain, the USA and France.

The other books is another in our LibraryPress editions : Heston Poems by the Heston Creative Writing Group at Heston Library, part of Hounslow Libraries. Poems by young people inspired by JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, including QR codes linking to audio recordings of the poems being read by their authors.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special. Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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Teachers CPD Workshop at De La Warr Pavilion

February 16th, 2015 by gileslane
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Last week I gave a presentation and demonstration of bookleteering for a teachers’ CPD (continuous professional development) workshop run by Ashley McCormick at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Sea. The event was part of the programme associated with the current exhibition, Ladybird by Design, a celebration of 100 year’s of publishing the eponymous books. During the session we discussed lots of ideas for creatively engaging children and other learners through making books themselves, echoing the deliberate design constraints used to create hundreds of classic Ladybird titles within the constraints of bookleteer. The Ladybird formula of short, illustrated books retelling classic stories and tales, explaining history and science, exploring life at home, work and out shopping or introducing industries and technology retain a strong nostalgic hold on those generations who grew up on them. As a cultural and design icon in their own right they offer a template upon which we can continue to explore the world in our own ways – bookleteer offers a modern day alternative for anyone inspired to create their own library of books exploring the world around us.

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LibraryPress Launch Event

February 10th, 2015 by gileslane
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Last night we took part in the launch of the LibraryPress project in Soho’s Society Club, celebrating this year’s programme of workshops across the seven partner services (Brent, Camden, Harrow, Hounslow, Islington, Lewisham and Merton).

The books which have been produced and distributed (via the Periodical) as part of the Pop Up Publishing workshops and Masterclass which Proboscis led for LibraryPress in 2014 were on display and we’re looking forward to making more in the coming months.
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the Periodical issue 28

January 26th, 2015 by gileslane
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Our first issue of 2015 (number 28) has two books, one from a new series I am putting together over the next six months to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and another in our series of Librarypress books:

The Agreement of Free People of England (1649) & The People’s Charter (1838) juxtaposes two radical texts from key moments of unrest in Britain, the English Civil Wars and the Chartists Movement. Rejected by the elites of their own times, these texts nonetheless are foundations of modern democracy and fair society, inspiring and influencing others down the centuries.
Subscribe now to collect all 6 books (January to June 2015).

Poets from the Horizon by Camden Libraries & New Horizons Youth Centre is A book of poems by young people who have worked with Peter Baxter & Rosie Knight at the New Horizon Youth Centre to find and share their voices.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special. Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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the Periodical issue 27

December 28th, 2014 by gileslane
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December’s issue (number 27) again contains two books, both of which emerged from our work on the Librarypress project this year:

Hackney Rebel is a gorgeous book of prints created by Hackney artist Dawes Gray. The book was begun at one of the Librarypress Pop Up Publishing workshops held in May 2014 with no prior experience of making books. Dawes’ prints transpose Tony Hancock’s character from his film, The Rebel, from Paris to Hackney in 2012.

The Day the War Stopped… for a Football Match by Islington Library & Heritage Services
The accompanying book is another LibraryPress book resulting from the Masterclass for library professionals held in September. It documents an engagement project with parents and children describing and commemorating the events of the Christmas Day 1914 truce.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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the Periodical issue 26

December 2nd, 2014 by gileslane
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November’s issue (number 26) contains two books, both of which are products of collaborations:

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A London Childhood 1926-1939 by Henry Long is the third of our collaborations with The Museum of Soho. It is a moving account of growing up in relative poverty in Soho in the 1920s and 30s, ending with the mass evacuation of children as World War Two began.

Also included is Lewisham People’s Patchwork by Lewisham Library and Information Service, the first book in our collaboration with the LibraryPress project, and the first of the books created as a result of the bookleteer Masterclass run in September. It describes a patchwork storytelling project run by the community engagement team at Deptford Lounge this year.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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the Periodical issue 25

November 13th, 2014 by gileslane
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October’s issue (number 25), Excavations is the Meroitic Cemetery of Dangeil, Sudan by Mahmoud Suliman Bashir and Julie Anderson is an account of the ongoing excavations of the ancient site in the Sudan by archaeologists from the Sudanese National Corporation for Antiquities and Museums and the British Museum. Published in both English and Arabic editions, it was written as a tool to help explain to the local Sudanese villagers and school children why archaeologists excavate cemeteries. This book follows on from an earlier (2010) book, Excavations in the Temple Precinct of Dangeil by Julie and Salah eldin Mohamed Ahmed.

Or read the Arabic version:

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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the Periodical issues 23 & 24

October 5th, 2014 by gileslane
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The Periodical is now 2 years old!
August & September’s issues (numbers 23 and 24) have recently been posted out to subscribers:

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August’s issue (no. 23), Soho Memoirs : Recollections of Geo.Benford & O’Shea by Alf & Nance Wood is the second choice from our collaboration with The Museum of Soho. It contains a delightful transcript of a 1986 oral history interview by Bryan Burrough (one of the founders of the Soho Society and The Museum of Soho) with Alf and Nance Wood who both worked at the watchmaker Geo. Benford & O’Shea in Dean Street from the 1920s to the 1970s.

September’s issue, Canyon Flow by Joyce Majiski & Zea Morvitz is a collaboration between the artists Joyce Majiski (Canada) and Zea Morvitz (USA) which was inspired by the Miles Canyon near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory in Canada. Joyce and Zea produced two gorgeously illustrated scrolls, details of which make up the book.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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Bookleteer Masterclass for Librarypress

September 17th, 2014 by gileslane
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Yesterday I ran a Bookleteer Masterclass for Library professionals from the boroughs of Lewisham, Brent, Hounslow, Camden, Islington, Merton and Harrow at the Deptford Lounge. The event was part of our collaboration with the Librarypress project and was designed to introduce library staff to bookleteer and how they might use it in their own projects and activities with library users and local groups. We had a fantastic turnout with very inquisitive and engaged participants – it was wonderful to see them all getting straight down to making books and StoryCubes with text and images they had brought along with them specifically for the day. We will be selecting a series of books made by the participants for the Periodical over the coming months, as inspiring examples of what can be done with bookleteer to engage readers and local groups with library projects and services.

I’d like to encourage other library authorities who are also interested in using bookleteer as part of their services to get in touch : we are more than happy to offer workshops and provide consultancy on how bookleteer can used by the public and integrated within existing projects and services.

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Page Planners

September 10th, 2014 by gileslane
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We have created an additional resource to help plan layouts and work out how many pages you need when devising your content for bookleteer. Two PDF documents are available, one for planning landscape books and another for portrait books.
Download the Landscape Planner or the Portrait Planner.

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the Periodical issue 22

July 26th, 2014 by gileslane
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July’s issue, Sprouting Bonds : how growing our food connects us to places, land, families and culture is a handbook of results from the Grown Edible and Meaningful project, based in Leeds in 2013. A collaboration between universities and local community organisations, it explored the meaning of growing food and how it connects people to their environment, communities and to the wider world. The books combines social observations with recipes, personal stories, poetry, growing tips and reflections.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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the Periodical issue 21

June 30th, 2014 by gileslane
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June’s issue, Pride of the Moor, is a contemporary folksong created by musician Jim Causley and artist Simon Pope as part of Simon’s project “A Song, A Dance & A New Stannary Parliament”. The project was commissioned by Spacex gallery in Exeter and explored the history and local significance of tin mining on Dartmoor as a way of developing new understandings of the landscape itself.

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Like what you see here? Then treat yourself to something lovely – an enigmatic, eclectic package arriving through your letterbox each month. Or buy a gift subscription for someone special.
Get inspired to create and share your own publications on bookleteer to take part too – each month I select something delightful and inspiring from the publications which are made and shared on bookleteer.

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Crib Sheet for setting up new documents

June 12th, 2014 by gileslane
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During our recent pop up publishing workshops I was able to observe that one of the most common tricky aspects of using bookleteer for new members was remembering the steps for setting up a new document to create the ‘Content PDF’ to upload. I’ve now put together a very simple crib sheet for users to download to remind them how.
Click here to download it as a PDF.

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