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Phantom Tomes at the British Library

November 4th, 2017 No Comments

Phantom Tomes and bookleteer were among a number of projects invited to present at the British Library Labs Symposium on Monday October 30th:

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Storymaking, fictional books & reworked covers

October 12th, 2017 No Comments

I’ve just completed a personal project in collaboration with my daughter Clara – Phantom Tomes, a book of imaginary titles cunningly reworked onto Victorian book covers sourced from the British Library‘s wonderful digital collection of public domain images. The book invites its readers to elaborate on the book titles by imagining their own publisher’s “blurb” […]

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Health Awareness in Haiti

June 15th, 2017 No Comments

Over the past couple of years Grace Tillyard has been leading a groundbreaking project to enhance breast cancer awareness in Haitian women and their communities. The project has been hosted by NGO Innovating Health International and funded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and Pfizer. As part of this project, Grace has co-developed […]

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Fully Operational Again

April 28th, 2017 No Comments

With many apologies for the long disruption from being able to generate new eBooks and StoryCubes, I am hugely pleased to announce that bookleteer is fully operational once more. An unplanned server upgrade caused a cascade of problems deep in the core of the Generator, the software that does the actual hard work of taking […]

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PDF Wranglers

February 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Recently I came across Smallpdf – a web service dedicated to all things PDF. They have a range of services which simplify creating PDFs, extracting them, manipulating them and compressing them. The service is free and very fast – and a worthy companion for anyone who struggles with compressing PDF files to a small size […]

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Endings and Beginnings

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments

Last Autumn, after 3 years and much fun selecting and sending out fine publications made and shared on bookleteer, I decided to end the Periodical’s monthly service. There were a number of reasons – some practical and financial – but I felt that as a project it had achieved as much as it could in […]

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Magna Carta 800 Sets

February 2nd, 2016 No Comments

June 2015 was the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta – considered by many to be the keystone to Britain’s constitutional and democracy. To celebrate and see the impact this document has had, over six months in 2015 I published a series of 6 books, each containing several texts from across the […]

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the Periodical issue 33

June 8th, 2015 No Comments

June’s issue (no. 33) contains the final book in my series celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The culmination of this series contains the three foundations on which much of Britain’s constitutional fabric rests: Henry I’s Charter of Liberties which restored many of the ancient rights from the Saxon period, which had been usurped […]

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the Periodical issue 32

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

May’s issue (no. 32) contains the penultimate book in my series celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Thomas Paine’s pamphlets Common Sense and Agrarian Justice are part of his remarkable legacy of revolutionary, communitarian ideas. Reviled in his own day, the ideas contained in these texts such as the pension and basic income are […]

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the Periodical issues 30 & 31

April 28th, 2015 No Comments

Back after a field trip to Papua New Guinea Bookleteering with a traditional indigenous community in the jungle, March and April’s issues of the Periodical comprise two more books in the Magna Carta series and another Librarypress book. Issue 30’s The True Leveller’s Standards Advanced ((1649) & the Charter of the Fundamental Rights of the […]

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English/Tok Pisin book folding instructions

March 22nd, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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Contemporary Small Press Fair at Uni Westminster

February 18th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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the Periodical issue 29

February 17th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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Teachers CPD Workshop at De La Warr Pavilion

February 16th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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LibraryPress Launch Event

February 10th, 2015 No Comments

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 […]

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