Volume 53 - Spring 2022


Dates for your Diary

*The Shipley Wayzgoose, Shipley, Yorkshire
Saturday, 11th June 2022 - 11.00-16.00 - Free Entry


The Shipley Wayzgoose returns for its fourth outing at the Kirkgate Centre in Shipley, West Yorkshire on Saturday 11th June from 11am-4pm.

Here you will find 30 of the finest and wildest letterpress printers, bookbinders & type foundries from across the UK.

And if you're looking to buy letterpress type, inks, and bookbinding & printing equipment, make sure you bring a wheelbarrow to carry your swag away.

The cafe will be open with food provided by Wrapture, who make the best falafels in West Yorkshire.

Further information and a list of exhibitors will be avialable on the Wayzgooze website soon

Society of Bookbinders - International Bookbinding Competition 2022



The International Bookbinding Competition was started in 1999 and has developed into one of the most successful exhibitions of the art and craft of bookbinding. The Competition runs in conjunction with the Society's biennial Conference and attracts entries from countries all around the world.

Its success has been in the variety of work presented, with fine binding displayed alongside restoration and book arts. This year there will be thirteen prizes awarded over five categories including prizes for forwarding, finishing and design.

Every entrant will receive a free copy of the exhibition catalogue containing colour photographs of each book submitted to the Competition. The catalogue and high-quality images will showcase the wide-ranging breadth and creativity in contemporary bookbinding. Additional copies will be available to purchase at all Competition exhibitions as well as online from J Hewit and Sons Ltd. The intention is that prize winners will be announced at the Society's Conference at the University of Bath, UK, 25-28th August 2022. Winning entrants will be notified prior to the event.

All books entered into the Competition will be exhibited at the Conference. Non-winning bindings may either be collected from the exhibition or posted back to the entrants. Prize-winning bindings will travel to a number of venues across the UK on a touring exhibition. Further information and dates will be published on the website, via the mailing list, and on the Competition's social media accounts.

Entrants submitting work to the Competition do so in the knowledge that if their work is selected for an award it will be retained by the Society for the touring exhibition and will only be returned following the final venue.

Photographs of winning books and all entries will be taken for use on Competition promotional material and social media.

Full entry details and instructions for delivering your books will be released nearer the time. Please subscribe to the Competition mailing list or check the Society's website and social media for the latest news and updates. Should the conference and award ceremony need to be cancelled or postponed due to Covid we will notify everyone as soon as possible.

How to Enter
Please register your interest in entering the International Bookbinding Competition 2022 by subscribing to the mailing list. This is the main way we will update you with the latest Competition news and information. You can subscribe to the mailing list, and find more information, at www.societyofbookbinders.com/international-binding-competition/

All subscribers to the mailing list will be sent an entry form on 20th April 2022, and the form will also be available to complete on the Society's website. Deadline to complete your entry form Friday 20th May 2022. Please make sure your book(s) arrive with us between Monday 16th - Friday 20th May 2022. Please do not send books without completing an entry form. For any enquiries please contact the competition organising team: competition@societyofbookbinders.com.

Awards - Prize fund of £6,000
Fine Binding First Prize - Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd - (The John Coleman Trophy) - Value: £900
Second Prize - Value: £400

Book Arts
First Prize - John Purcell Paper (The Portnall Award) - Value: £600
Second Prize Value: £400

Case Binding
First Prize - The F.J. Ratchford Trophy Value: £800

First Prize - George Bayntun (The Bernard Middleton Trophy) - Value: £900 Historic Binding First Prize - The ABA Educational Trust Trophy - Value: £900

Green's Books Award for Best Young Newcomer - Value: £355
Fine Cut International Award for Finishing Fine Cut Trophy for Finishing) - Value: £150
Harmatan Leather Award for Forwarding - Value: £175
Incline Press Dave Godin Memorial Award for Animal-Free Binding - Value: £250
J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Design - Value: £175
J Hewit & Sons Award for Excellence in Craftsmanship - Value: £175

*The Society of Bookbinders Education and Training Conference, Bath
25th - 28th August 2022


The Society of Bookbinders 22nd Education and Training Conference will run from the afternoon of Thursday 25th August to the morning of Sunday 28th August 2022 and will be held at the University of Bath. This is an exciting change of venue for us giving a chance for you to visit the ancient Roman City of Bath. This venue is also a new construction with up to-date lecture theatres and accommodation.

Stuart Brockman - Leather bound books. How to forward and cover (2 part demo - Friday)
Hannah Brown - Embroidered bindings from design to sample board
Mylin McColl - Binding with fabric - an alternative method
Sol Rebora - Decorative design used inside and outside the covers of a flexible binding
Kathy Abbott - How things happen. Design and realising your ideas
Christopher Harvey - Held to Account. The History, making and repair of the ledger spring back bindings for the College of Arms Library, London.
Alan Fitch - Pop-up Slipcase Box. (2-part demo - Saturday).
Gangolf Ulbricht - Making conservation grade papers.
Pamela Richmond - Lighting up a book by tooling and working with gold leaf.
Tom McEwen - Edge decoration within design bindings and more
Arthur Green - Leather paring and the importance of sharp tools.

The conference will be hosting the Suppliers fair, in a new format and more integrated into the conference function. The restaurant and evening venues are alongside the main conference Halls as are the accommodation blocks. All are on the same level and there are 4 lifts within the conference centre for ease of access. There is ample car parking space at the campus. There are 3 ATM machines in close proximity.

The Society's Annual General Meeting will take place on the Friday evening before dinner.

The Suppliers Fair will be open on the Friday and Saturday, and is on the 1st floor, large balcony area, which is between the lecture halls with mid-morning and afternoon refreshments served nearby. The major suppliers of bookbinding and related crafts will attend, and there will be ample time for shopping and browsing. There is an option for early arrivals on the Thursday afternoon to visit the Bindery of George Bayntun in Bath or to explore the City with a guide.

Further details and registration information can be found on the Society's web site at

*Guild of Book Workers, Standards of Excellence Conference
Atlanta, Gerogia
Postponed until 2022


Details to follow

*Ludlow Fine Book Fair
Clive Pavilion, Ludlow Race Course, Ludlow
29th-30th October 2022


- Free Event
- Traditional crafts and associated artisan supplies
- Beautiful Books for sale
- Save the date

Further information to follow - Watch this space!

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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