SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2015
Images and full details of all this year's prizewinners is now available in the COMPETITION section.


For the first time, we have also produced a beautiful 64-page, full colour catalogue containing images of all eighty-five enrties. The catalogue, which measures 280 x 215mm, is available to purchase from our online shop.



A vacancy has arisen for a full-time assistant bookbinder in our busy bindery in Ludlow. You will be working on a great variety of antiquarian books, in a friendly but very busy environment. An ability to work under pressure and a sense of humour would be a great asset.

The position would best suit a newly qualified student who wishes to extend their skills in all areas of bookbinding and book restoration.

For further details please contact, either by post or email:

Trevor Lloyd MBE
12 Old Street




I am pleased to announce that the Society is supporting the ‘Bound by Veterans’ project by awarding a Conference bursary to one of its students.

Bound by Veterans, originally 'The Wiltshire Barn Project', supports wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel who have had to leave the Services prematurely as a result of their condition. It improves their health, well-being and employment prospects through a varied programme of therapy, training, qualifications and work experience in bookbinding. The charity is now in its second full year of operation, and on average provides support to just over 60 veterans a year.

The recipient of the bursary is Wendy Lagden, a former Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer who specialised in Aircraft Engineer Mechanics. Wendy was unexpectedly discharged 10 years ago after being diagnosed with the early onset of multiple sclerosis and now lives in Southampton. Wendy took up bookbinding following her discharge after some initial instruction from her aunt and later advice from Maureen Duke. She has just successfully completed the City & Guilds syllabus up to Level 2, which is the highest level so far available, and will be awarded her City & Guilds certificate in bookbinding in the autumn.

As a “Wounded, Injured or Sick Veteran” (a Service term) who was discharged prematurely from the Services by reason of her illness, Wendy falls squarely within the criteria for support by Bound by Veterans. She had already considered bookbinding as a suitable part-time occupation that she could continue even as her illness worsens, and is already a member of the Society of Bookbinders. She is keen to gain City & Guilds qualifications in bookbinding in order to give her the confidence to take on private work in the future.

Dermott Creece
SoB Chairman



Initiated in 1993 The National Library of Scotland's Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition recognises excellence in the field of craft bookbinding. Such is its appeal that it now attracts binders from all over Europe. Recent winners have hailed from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as Scotland, England and Japan. Mrs Elizabeth A Clark (formerly Soutar) of Moray sponsored the award from 1993 until her death in 2008. Thanks to a bequest from her, the competition continues.

2014 Winners

Creative and craft binding categories
This competition aims to encourage the practice and development of both creative and craft binding skills which display individual expression and originality. The judges look for a best creative and a best craft binding. Each category carries two prizes — a main prize of £1,200 and a student prize of £600.

We define a student as any person receiving full or part-time training or education in bookbinding. We consider all student entries for both the main and student categories, but they are only eligible for one prize.

Exclusive binding
We ask entrants to submit a binding that has been bound exclusively for this competition using materials of their own choice. The winning entries join our collection of fine bindings.

The closing date for the 2015 competition is 9 November.

Full details, including an Entry Form can be found here.




Many congratulations to Trevor, an SoB stalwart and past Editor of BOOKBINDER, on the award of an MBE for services to bookbinding and book restoration. Highly deserved!

Trevor Lloyd




It is with great sadness that we must inform members of the death of Liz Anderton. Although Liz was known to most in the Society as Liz Anderton, she was in fact Dermott Creece’s wife.

Sadly Liz has suffered ill health for many years and she passed away peacefully on Friday (24th April). The funeral is at St John the Evanglist Church, Bridgnorth on Wednesday 13th May at 11am.

Liz was a founding member and Chair of the Birmingham Region and served as a Regional Representative on Council for many years. She was also Joint Editor of Bookbinder for the 1995, 1996 and 1997 editions. Many of us will also remember the 1999 conference in Telford which Liz organized with Dermott.

Liz, in her lovely gentle way, did much for our Society and will be missed by all who knew her.




It is with great sadness that we must inform members of the death of David Sellars, one of our foremost designer binders and a longstanding and staunch supporter of the Society. He died yesterday (20th January) after a short illness, aged 65.

David taught and mentored many bookbinders during his career and was a regular lecturer and demonstrator at both regional and national SoB events. Also a longstanding Fellow and past President of Designer Bookbinders, he was a frequent contributor to the journals of both societies.

He was an inpirational figure for countless bookbinders and will be sorely missed.