Volume 31 - Spring 2011


Dates for your Diary

8th May 2011
*Bookbinders' Fair, Sint Niklaas, Belgium

The one day bookbinders' fair is held at Stadszalen, Leopold II Laan, 67, B-9100 Sint Niklaas, Belgium. This annual event, is an inspiring meeting place for bookbinders, book and paper restorers, paper artists, calligraphers and all others interested in the craft. Both professionals and amateurs.

Well-established participants from the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Austria, Spain and Denmark present their broad range of products, including: all sorts of paper, cardboard, cloth, leather, parchment, accessories, tools, utensils, requirements for calligraphy, specialist literature etc.

Further details available online at: www.boekbindbeurs.nl

25th - 28th August 2011
*The Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Conference at the University of Warwick


The Society of Bookbinders' eighteenth biennial Education & Training Conference will be returning to the University of Warwick. The university is 80 miles north-west of London. It lies approximately 7 miles from the towns of Royal Leamington Spa and Warwick, with its medieval castle, and 15 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Coventry city centre with its famous Cathedral is just 3 miles away.

The Society is pleased to introduce some speakers to the Conference for the first time and looks forward to welcoming members and non-members to what is believed will be a most interesting, diverse and enjoyable conference.

Cristina Balbiano d'Aramengo (Italy) - Challenging Concertinas a binding structure with multiple applications
Clare Bryan - Scalpel Drawing Structures (see 'The New Bookbinder' vol. 30)
Mark Cockram - Alchemy of the Book
Maureen Duke - Binding Sheet Music & Other Flat Material
Deborah Evetts (USA) - Decorative Edge Treatments
Annette Friedrich - Leather Joints & Doublures
Chris Hicks - Solander Boxes - My Way
Kate Hore - Headbands
Daniel Kelm (USA) - Artists' Books as Articulated Sculpture
Jen Lindsay - STET: Let it Stand a reflection on attitudes to the conservation of books as artifacts, looking at affinities with other arts, such as painting, architecture, ceramics and poetry.
Steve Orriss & Doug Mitchell (British Library) - Correcting Gold Finishing & Foil Finishing on Bookcloth
Dominic Riley - The Art & Science of Cloth Re-backing
Jane Rutherston - A Brief Overview of the History & Conservation of Albums
Jan Sobota (Czech Republic) - Binding with Double or Triple Boards & Box and Sculptural Bindings on Double/Triple Boards. (separate presentations)
Bill Tulloch - Springback Account Book Bindings
Laura West - Library Style Half Leather Binding

Other Attractions - In addition to the speakers, experienced binders will be on hand to offer advice to any delegates who care to bring along work-in-progress. For those not going on visits, the Society are also planning short demonstrations on the Thursday afternoon, including using a blocking press. It may be possible to offer a label-making service, subject to type, fonts and materials.

Excursion - Planned visits include a trip to the National Trust House at Coughton Court, to view a small collection of books, and for those of you who were disappointed last time, a return visit to Birmingham Library to view its collection. In addition there is a regular bus service from Warwick University into Coventry town centre where you can visit the cathedrals and transport museum free of charge.

Bookbinding Competition - Entries for the SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2011 will be on display and the winners of the various categories will be announced at the Conference Dinner. Full details of the competition will be on the Society's web site. The last day for registration is 16th May, 2011 and entries must be in by 3rd June, 2011.

Suppliers Fair - As in previous years, companies offering materials, tools and other equipment for bookbinding, conservation and related crafts will be an attraction for delegates. The fair will be situated in the Arts Centre, close to the main auditorium. Adequate time will be allowed for browsing and shopping. There will be a 'crèche' for purchases.

The Conference Dinner on the Saturday will be in the Scarman Suite - a short walk across the campus. Shuttle buses will take those not wishing to walk, or those with mobility problems. Buses will also be on hand to take people back after the Dinner.

Fees - The Full Delegate rate is £350 for members (£390 for non-members) and covers 3 nights' accommodation and all meals (including the Conference Dinner), tea and coffee from dinner on the Thursday evening until breakfast on the Sunday morning. All rooms are single occupancy and have en-suite bathrooms.

The rate for Day Delegates is £105 per day (non-members £125). This includes lunch and tea/coffee but not dinner. The Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening is £35 extra.

Non-members who register as full delegates or as day delegates on both the Friday and the Saturday will receive SoB membership from the date of their payment until the end of 2011. They will receive all SoB Newsletters and the 2011 edition of 'Bookbinder'.

The Gordon Hartley Memorial Fund Bursary

A bursary is available to cover the cost of attending the Conference.

Applicants should be students of bookbinding who wish to develop their skills further and feel that they would benefit from such an award. Any student may apply, but preference will be given to more mature students and to SoB members. Closing date for applications: March 1st 2011

For more details please refer to the Society of Bookbinders Web Site

Additional Accommodation
Delegates wishing to stay at the university before and/or after the Conference, or partners/friends, who are accompanying them but not attending the Conference, should contact Noel Carruthers, Conference Treasurer for a booking form at: conf.treasurer@societyofbookbinders.com

Further Information is available from the web sites of
The Society of Bookbinders, The University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Tourist Office.

6th - 8th October 2011
*The Guild of BookWorkers Standards of Excellence Seminar will be held in Boston, Massachusetts

Details to follow as soon as they become available

5th - 6th November 2011
*UK Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brooks University, Oxford

Every two years, the UK Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA) works with the Fine Press Book Association (FPBA) to organise the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair in Oxford, UK. This is the largest international show of fine presses and their work outside North America. Specialist fair for collectors of private and fine press books; includes exhibitors from the Fine Press Book Association, plus binders, paper makers, suppliers, etc.

Admission - Admission by catalogue at the door on the day. Valid both days, it includes admission to all of the lectures on the second day. Admission price, including catalogue and lectures, is £5 per person. Refreshments will be available.

Exhibitors - The exhibitors will include private presses from the UK, the Americas, Russia, Asia, and continental Europe, as well as dealers in fine press books, suppliers of fine printing materials, and related societies. A full list of exhibitors will be published closer to the day.

Gregynog Prize - The Gregynog Prize is again being offered for the best book printed letterpress since the last Fair. All FPBA members are eligible to enter. The names of the three judges will be announced closer to the day. Details of the Prize can be found by clicking here.

The Parrot Prize - 2011 will see the first award of the Parrot Prize of £500, sponsored by the Previous Parrot Press. More details will be announced closer to the day

Lecture Programme - There will be the usual set of lectures on the Sunday, running hourly from 1100. The programme will be announced closer to the day.

Further details are available from:
Toby English, Fair Manager
10 St.Mary's Street
Wallingford, OX10 0EL, UK
tel/fax +44 (0)1491 836 389

J. Hewit & Sons will have a stand at the event(s) marked '*'. If you would like us to bring specific items for you to purchase, please let us know at least 4 weeks in advance of the event.

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