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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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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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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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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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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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the Periodical issue 20

May 29th, 2014 by gileslane
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May’s issue, Recollections by Harold Lun, is the first fruit of our collaboration with The Museum of Soho – drawing on material from their archives. This book is a facsimile of letters and photographs in the archive sent by Harold Lun and describing his childhood growing up in Soho during the 1920s, 30s and 40s. It is a moving story made more so by reading it in the hand of the writer himself, not just as printed text on a page.

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Soho Memoirs : 3 new books

May 16th, 2014 by gileslane
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I’ve designed 3 new books for The Museum of Soho in time for their Museums at Night event, A Pot To Wishin’, at the House of St Barnabas in Soho.
Printed copies of one of the books will be available at the event (tickets here).

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Islington & Wembley Pop Up Publishing Workshops

May 16th, 2014 by gileslane
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More workshops are being held next week in Islington & Wembley Libraries as part of the Librarypress project. Below is the presentation I’ll be using to illustrate my talk on bookleteer to participants and explore the kinds of things they can do with it.

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the Periodical issue 19

May 10th, 2014 by gileslane
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April’s issue (a bit delayed due to Easter and school holidays), Metalanliguistica, is a departure from recent selections – a book of experimental literature by Nick Norton. In his own words, “Metalanliguistica is the investigation as an invention, the dream made as documentary; a work of nights and days hung on the Fibonacci Scale, it is teetering on the edge of paradise while wading through bo diddley hell, and it is therefore humorous in parts.”

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Pop Up Publishing with Librarypress

May 6th, 2014 by gileslane
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This month I am running 6 pop up publishing sessions across three libraries in London : Hounslow Library; Islington Central Library (First Steps Learning Centre) and Wembley Library. All the sessions are free and last for about 3 hours in the evening. The sessions are part of the Librarypress project which aims to get more people publishing.

The aim is to introduce bookleteer.com as a simple way to create and share publications that can be both physical (paper) and digital (readable online). Everyone is welcome, no technical/computer experience required or previous publishing experience. Bring stories, pictures, ideas and we’ll help you turn them into simple publications you can make and share.

We are hoping that some gems will emerge over the sessions – we have arranged with Librarypress to select up to 12 books by participants for inclusion in the Periodical, to be printed professionally and posted out to subscribers.

The sessions are :

    Hounslow Library : Tuesday 6th & Thursday 8th May 5-8pm
    Islington Central Library : Monday 19th & Thursday 22nd May 4.30-7.45pm
    Wembley Library : Tuesday 20th & Friday 23rd May 5-7.45pm

To book a place at one of these sessions, email Librarypress : news@librarypress.org.uk

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the Periodical issue 18

March 31st, 2014 by gileslane
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On November 23rd 1644, 369 years ago, John Milton published his Areopagitica, a speech to the English Parliament calling for unlicensed printing and freedom of expression. Reading it now, in the light of the unfolding Snowden revelations, it is all the more poignant in the face of massive state surveillance of private communications. How far will this act to drive freedom of expression underground? How much will people begin to constrain their thoughts and feelings against an unknowable and invisible censor? Re-reading the Areopagitica now is a reminder that freedom is not a given, but something that each generation must continue to strive for.

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Soho Memoirs

March 14th, 2014 by gileslane
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I’m very excited to announce that we are collaborating with the Museum of Soho to produce a series of Soho Memoirs from materials in their archive. The three initial books are by people who grew up or worked in Soho during the first part of the twentieth century and were recorded or written during the 1980s and early 2000s. As personal remembrances and stories they are steeped in the texture and fabric of the social life of old Soho – something tenuous and precious, yet at the same time time hard and unremitting. What makes these accounts special is not a nostalgia for what has disappeared so much as the living connection they establish to how much continues even now within the community of people who live and work there or whose children attend the last remaining school there.

The three books will be distributed via the Periodical starting in May 2014 – subscribe now to get your copies as well as other treats through your letterbox each month. We will have copies too at a special event at the House of St Barnabas in May organised by MoSoho.

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the Periodical issue 17

February 27th, 2014 by gileslane
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Whisker returns with its third issue under the increasingly assured editorial helm of Hazem Tagiuri. Featuring new work by Joani Reese, FMJ Botham, Kylie Grant, Alex Howard and Hazem himself, its a rich stew that transports the reader to deftly delineated imaginary worlds built of words, impressions and feelings.

From Hazem’s introduction, “Three dots. Three issues. The one you’re reading has been a long, a long time coming. It took a while to find these voices; to find the right words. Pardon the ellipsis”

Whisker is a pocket-sized literary magazine that showcases new poetry and short fiction, often from previously unpublished contributors. It has a tactile sense of merit: instinctive, curious, unconcerned with fixed styles, rigorous entry criteria, or authors’ backstories. Just fresh, fine writing that invokes feeling; that strikes a nerve.

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