Third Annual Book Arts Open Day
28 June 2014
The Grange, Ellesmere, Shropshire

This event is hosted in the house, bindery, printshop and ten acres of beautiful gardens at The Grange. It’s usually a great day out and full of interest. Presses, including the Medlar Press, The Silver Birch Press, Hedgesparrow Press, Grygynog, Incline Press, Analiese Appleby and others, will be there, as well as Chris Rowlatt and Kris Betterton displaying their skills in bookbinding and marbling. Other crafts on display include monotype casting, illustration, print making and calligraphy. We are introducing a new Adana feature for printing beginners. It promises to be a great day.

A few images from last year and more information can be seen on The Grange website.



SWEET THAMES RUN SOFTLY: A Design Binding Project and Blog
This is a project for participants to rebind Robert Gibbings' Sweet Thames Run Softly in a designed binding, the results of which will be exhibited at the Education and Training Seminar in June. However, "this is not a competition, there are no winners, there are no prizes … and there are no rules. For those who have not been involved before, it’s meant to be a stress-free introduction to design binding … you do whatever you want."

The project's accompanying blog,, also includes information on various design and forwarding techniques, written by some of the participating binders.



Reminder to members – deadlines for both of the following is 30th April

SoB Education & Training Seminar 2014
Our seventh Education & Training Seminar will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester from 26th – 28th June 2014.
Full details here

The Norie Trust is to fund an annual educational award to assist professionals in the book field. The award, named in recognition of our inestimable friend and former Chairman's dedication to bookbinding education, is worth £2000 to the successful applicants.
Full details here (PDF).




The Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders in co-operation with the Estonian Literature Center invites you to participate in the International Exhibition of Artistic Bookbinding Scripta manent V "Young Estonian Poetry" and conference at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art And Design in Tallin.

Applications for participation in the exhibition and for acquisition the sets of sheets are expected to be sent to Mrs. Sirje Kriisa, member of the Estonian Association of Designer Bookbinders, by April 2, 2014.

Full details and contacts are available on the Scripta manent website.



The Society of Bookbinders (registered charity No. 1032108)
Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester (Parkinson Lecture Theatre) on Thursday 26 June 2014 at 7.30p.m.

1.Welcome Address.
2. Apologies for absence
3. Minutes of the AGM held at Leeds Metropolitan University on 29 August 2013.
4. Matters arising
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Adoption of Treasurer’s Report and National Accounts
7. Appointment of auditors
8. Election of officers
9. Regional Reports
10.Report on progress by Education and Training Task Force.
11.Any other business

Please send Apologies for Absence to the Secretary by 12 June 2014.

The Secretary will be resigning at the conclusion of the AGM but the Chairman, Dermott Creece and the Treasurer, Lester Bath have indicated a willingness to continue in office for another year. Any nominations by members for election to the posts of Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary must be in writing with the name of proposer and seconder and must be in the hands of the Secretary at least 14 days before the AGM.

The AGM will be held during the 2014 Seminar. Members wishing to attend the AGM only will need to contact the Secretary to facilitate entry to the university.

Annual reports and the 2013 AGM minutes will be available at the AGM. Members wishing to see copies in advance of the AGM or who are unable to attend may receive copies by sending a stamped addressed C5 envelope to the Secretary, David Lynch at 6 Hillside Rd, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 8BB.

Please note that, to save the considerable expense of posting out the AGM Notices, this document is printed in the April 2014 Newsletter. It also appears on the Society’s website and  e-bulletin to ensure that notice of the meeting reaches every member. This in line with Council policy set out in last year’s AGM Notice.



SEMINAR 2014: Gordon Cumming Bursaries
Gordon Cumming, who is very sadly missed, was one of the founder members who set up the Seminar. His family very generously offered all Gordon’s equipment to the Society and some of the proceeds are being used to offer three full bursaries in his memory for next year’s Seminar. 

The Seminar will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester from the 26th – 28th June 2014. Bursary holders will be expected to assist with the running of the Seminar but will see all the lectures and demonstrations.

Applications should be sent via email or by post to Claire Redfern at 21 Moat Way, Goring-by Sea, West Sussex BN12 4DR.



SEMINAR 2014: Helpers Required
The Education and Training Task Force are looking for three helpers to assist with the running of the Seminar next June (26th – 28th) at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester. You will see all the lectures and demonstrations.

The three volunteers will be given a place at half the delegate rate, i.e. £135.00.

If you are interested please apply via email or by post to Claire Redfern at 21 Moat Way, Goring-by Sea, West Sussex BN12 4DR.



London & South AGM
Please note that the London & South AGM will take place on 12 April 2014 as announced in the copy of the 'Quarto' which accompanied the December copy of the SoB Newsletter and not on the 27th as stated on the voting slip included with that mailing.



SoB Education & Training Seminar 2014

Our seventh Education & Training Seminar will be held at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester from 26th – 28th June 2014.

In addition to the lectures, there will be an evening of informal demonstrations, a Suppliers’ Fair and a fund-raising auction.

The Seminar will start on Thursday night with the AGM, followed by dinner and the Promenade (informal show-and-tell events). Delegates will be able to see all lectures/demonstrations for the day/s booked.

Full details here

Online booking is now available. Please book early to avoid disappointment!



An exhibition of comtemporary bookbinding by 'Tomorrow's Past', an international collective of bookbinders.

The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane
Covent Garden

22nd November 2013 - 17th January 2014




EXHIBITION: The ABC of Anthony Gardner
The Robinson Library, Newcastle until 30th October 2013.

Plus an accompanying talk at the library by Chris Calver on 23rd October.

Details here.




The next SoB Seminar will be held from 26th - 28th June, 2014 at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. A programme will be available in late autumn.