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the Periodical issue 7

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Issue 7 is now out and this month we’ve selected something with a nod to the historical moment this month has brought to people in the UK. Tor Lukasik-Foss’s The New Worker’s Songbook Songwriters Workbook for New Worksongs! is a playful guide to creating your own workers’ song, helping you through the process of writing verses, the chorus, rehearsing and performing. It was part of a 2011 collaborative project by DodoLab and Tor, commissioned by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in Hamilton, Ontario which was inspired by WAHC’s collection of books and recordings of songs that reflect Hamilton’s history of industry and organized labour. In addition to the songbook, the project led to an exhibition and several public performances using Tor’s Mobile Workers Song Cart.

From the Archives
This month we have distributed copies among the subscribers from a selection of books created for our City As Material 1 : London (2010) and Material Conditions (2011/12) projects. City As Material was a series of walks in London that produced collaborative publications by the participants. Material Conditions was a series of commissioned books made by creative practitioners reflecting on the state of personal creative practice in an era of recessions, austerity and funding cuts.

From Material Conditions,

From City As Material 1 : London,

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London Book Fair Special Offer

Since this week is the London Book Fair, we thought it only right we should offer something extra for any new annual subscribers signing up and quoting “lbf13” – a copy of the fabulous Endless Landscape Magnet set (in addition to the Professor Starling’s Thetford-London-Oxford Expedition and the Social Tapestries : Case of Perspectives sets). Hurry offers ends Friday 19th!

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Modern London Cries

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image courtesy of Bishopsgate Institute via Spitalfields Life

Artists Bookworks… Get Your Free Artists Bookworks…

We’re currently on a subscriptions drive for the Periodical – we estimate that we need about 100 subscriptions to break even on printing and shipping costs, and if we can grow beyond that we’ll be able to explore starting new series of commissioned books to be sent out alongside those we select from bookleteer’s public library. At the moment we’ve reached 40 subscriptions – 19 new ones in the past 4 weeks. Each month we’re setting a goal to aim for, and offering (for new annual subs) a different free artists bookwork from our back collection, alongside the “Social Tapestries: Case of Perspectives” which we’ll send out while stocks last. Last month we sent new subscribers a copy of our deck of cards, “Being in Common Catalogue of Ideas“, which we created as part of a commission for Gunpowder Park back in 2008. This month, aiming to reach 60 subscriptions, we’ve selected an artists bookwork we made last year with our friends at DodoLab, Andrew Hunter and Lisa Hirmer, artist Leila Armstrong and curator Josie Mills, Professor Starling’s Expedition : Thetford-London-Oxford.
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Why Subscribe?
Three reasons, really. Firstly, and most importantly, its about inspiration, surprise and delight. Each month you’ll receive a package of something engaging, challenging or simply lovely through the post.

The bookleteer Periodical subscription is a treat because the monthly arrival is always suprising, ranging from quirky to poetic. These little editions are like a monthly book art present. This is a great subscription for anyone who would enjoy a thoughtul miniature periodically arriving though their post box.
Luci Eyers, Artist & Subscriber

Secondly, its about a community of readers and makers who can participate in an evolving and expanding project of making and sharing ideas – responding to the things you receive in kind by making and sharing your own publications on bookleteer. Not the knee-jerk reactions and comments so commonly found on social media, but a space and place for considered, elegant ripostes and rejoinders.

Responsive, spontaneous and not too concerned with being A Significant Addition to One’s Great Works; that’s a great place to start from. From play can spring a lot of possibilities. Bookleteer has been a new game, where the next move is always unknown but the consequences useful. The usual finality of publishing is made obsolete by the mutuality of the provisional publication, always open to improvement and rethinking. I like to receive a regular dose of the unpredictable: I’m not too proud to borrow and not too selfish to share.
Gair Dunlop, Artist & Subscriber

And lastly, its about resilience and sustainability – bookleteer is unfunded and supported entirely through donations from its users and sales from the Short Run printing service. The Periodical is our way of inviting users to share in supporting bookleteer rather than charging for using it. If we get enough subscribers we’ll be able to consider more ambitious parallel projects, such as commissioned series, too.

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the Periodical issue 6

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We’re now half-way through our first year of publishing the Periodical and we’re delighted to share another quirky gem – Hard Hearted Hannah : The World of the Strange and Bizarre by Cartoon de Salvo. Back in 2009, Alex Murdoch, Artistic Director of theatre group Cartoon de Salvo, had a residency with Proboscis to explore using bookleteer. The Salvos were then touring their innovative, long form improvised theatre show, Hard Hearted Hannah and Other Stories, around the UK (and abroad). Each show began with a title suggested by the audience, which they then improvised a whole show around. As Alex and I discussed ways to record some of the ideas from the show a plan was born to create a series of books that would explore themes that ran across and through them. With over 100 shows performed, there was a wealth of material and six books emerged, which are now collected together here. We have chosen this book to give a sense of the extraordinary creativity that this form of improvisation takes and how the immediacy and presentness of a live performance can also find new life in being re-told and illustrated by the artists who performed it.

From the Archives
This month we have selected small numbers of 5 books (of over-prints and tests) to be distributed among the subscribers. They are by very different users of bookleteer as well as representing dramatically different subject matter and range in date of creation from early 2010 right up to February 2013. From whimsical tweets, to researched blogging, artists working alongside people with disabilities and researchers working with communities to document and record their heritage, to a catalogue of art and craft practice.
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Stories in Their Place 1 : The Makers of Leeds by Matt Edgar is the first volume in a projected series of three collecting together blog posts written between 2009 and 2013. This book gathers together some stories of Leeds’ heroes, its industrial and scientific pioneers.

My Brother, My Sister by Joyce Majiski. A group of young people who have siblings with disabilities were brought together in a series of gatherings and asked about their lives. They were asked the following questions: list the things you like or admire about your sibling, create a timeline of your life, list the things that you don’t like, or things that annoy you about your brother or sister. What things do other people say about your sibling? This book is a compilation of these responses.

Greenhill Historical Society : Digital Storytelling Guide by Gillian Cowell is a practical guide to recording and sharing stories with and by communities. It was part of a research project by Gillian with the community in Greenhill, Stirling.

Cosmo China 20th Anniversary by Josie Firmin. Our neighbour and friend, Josie Firmin (daughter of Bagpuss creator Peter Firmin) has run the Cosmo China shop in Bloomsbury for over 20 years. To celebrate their 20th anniversary exhibition we helped Josie put together a book of works by ceramic artists featuring in the show.

Cummerbundery Volume 1 : The Collected Tweets of Brandon Cummerbund by Russ Bravo. Brandon Cummerbund was the Henry Pooterish alter ego of Russ Bravo. The book collects about a year’s worth of tweets written in the persona of Brandon Cummerbund during 2009/10, with illustrations culled from Victorian magazines.

Click on the links to find out more about each one, read them online or download, print out and make up your own copies.

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the Periodical issue 5


This month we are very excited to bring a book we helped launch back in 2011 to a new audience, Picnic : order, ambiguity and community by Kevin Harris, illustrated by Gemma Orton. It is a true gem – a thoughtful essay on the role of picnic in contemporary society and specifically on community engagement and development, something very close to our hearts at Proboscis. We have worked with Kevin in the past, most notably on our Conversations and Connections project for Social Tapestries. This is a joyous and incisive piece of writing with elegant and witty illustrations by Gemma Orton.

It is accompanied from our archives by Why Keep a Sketchbook? by AccessArt which we printed as an experiment in 2010. This lovely book is a visual explanation of the pleasures of keeping a sketchbook – showing all kinds of different ways to do it.

Click on the links to find out more about each one, read them online or download, print out and make up your own copies.

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21 and counting!

Four months in and we’ve notched up 21 subscriptions to the Periodical. Our target is to reach 100 within the first year (i.e. before October) – which means attracting roughly 8 new subscriptions a month, so we’re a bit behind but ever hopeful that as more people see what lovely books are being sent out each month, they’ll sign up to receive their own monthly packets of delight dropping through the letterbox. From just £2.50 a month its a small price for a regular treat. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Our first 100 subscribers (annual only) also receive a copy of an artists bookwork we made as part of our Social Tapestries programme of projects : the Case of Perspectives and get a copy of the Field Work notebook.

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the Periodical Issue 4

Hard on the heels of the Periodical issue 3 we’re excited to announce what’s in this month’s package;
The first publication is Whisker #1, edited and published by our very own Hazem Tagiuri, author of many a post here.

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.

We’ll be selecting future issues of Whisker to include in issues of the Periodical so get in touch with Haz to submit your writing for consideration.

Alongside this is a treat from the archives – Waiting For Crisis by William Davies, first published in 2009 as part of our Diffusion Transformations series. Will is Assistant Professor at The Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick and wrote this piece a year on from the banking collapse that triggered the present double/triple recession/Greater Depression. It was printed as a special edition when bookleteer first began to offer the larger A5 book sizes and our Short Run printing service.

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the Periodical issue 3


A bit late owing to the holidays, December 2012’s issue 3 of the Periodical includes two eBooks, If London Were Like Venice by Somer L. Summers and Towards an Anarchaeology of Belo Horizonte : Corners from our archive of previously printed projects, another of the books I made as part of my contribution to the ArteMov Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in November 2009. Click on the links to find out more about each one, read them online or download, print out and make up your own copies.

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the Periodical issue 2

In November’s issue 2 of the Periodical we have included two eBooks, Code : Forgetting Bletchley Park by Gair Dunlop and, from our archive of previously printed projects, Towards an Anarchaeology of Belo Horizonte : Street Art 2 – which I made as part of my contribution to the ArteMov Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil in November 2009. Click on the links to find out more about each one, read them online or download, print out and make up your own copies.

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Our inaugural October 2012 issue of the Periodical included two eBooks, Material Conditions and the Field Work eNotebook. See the preceeding posts to find out more about each one, read them online or download, print out and make up your own copies.

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