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The Scotland region was founded in the early 1980s and has members spread over the Scottish mainland & the islands. Meetings are held in various places so that the inevitable travelling is reduced as far as possible. Members meet every two months or thereabouts and have a social gathering at Christmas. The AGM is generally held during February. Anyone with an interest in bookbinding is most welcome to join, and we are delighted to have enquiries from people new to bookbinding.


Gillian Stewart


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June 2020

House Book Structure

June 20 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

House Book Structure with Paul Johnson - details TBC

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September 2020

Tooling with Gold Leaf

September 26 @ 11:00 am - September 27 @ 4:00 pm

Tooling with gold leaf - with Nick Cowlishaw.  Fee TBC Sensory Centre, Aberdeen

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October 2020

Dundee Library Special Collections

October 8 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Visit to Dundee Library Special Collections

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Gillian Stewart Elected Licentiate Member of Designer Bookbinders

Congratulations to Gillian Stewart who was recently elected as a Licentiate member of Designer Bookbinders (DB).  This follows on from her success in the 2018 DB Competition.  We wish Gillian all the best on her journey towards DB Fellowship.

Medieval Bookbinding at NLS and Book Arts Newsletter

I’m writing to let you know about an upcoming workshop with Arthur Green at the National Library of Scotland. Arthur’s a lovely and very knowledgeable chap and this looks like it’ll be a great workshop, but you might need to get in quick if you’d like to attend.

Here’s a link to the UWE Book Arts Newsletter, which, as always, is full of interesting booky things and opportunities.



Hello members,

In my first email to you all as Chair and Secretary, let me say hello! I’m very much looking forward to being more involved with the Society, and getting to know you all better. Alison has been doing a great job and I’d like to extend my thanks again for her hard work over the last three years and for making herself available for all the questions I’ve had (and I’m sure will continue to have for a time!)

I’m writing to let you know that the annual Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition Prizegiving was last Thursday at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, with the talented winners travelling from Germany and Spain to be there. The exhibition of the bindings is now open, showcasing all of this year’s entrants as well as winning bindings of previous years to mark the 25th year of the competition. There are at least two bindings from Scottish SoB members, so bonus points if you can spot them. It’s a fantastic chance to see a broad range of beautiful fine bindings from across Europe, and well worth a trip if you can manage it.

Have a great week, and I’ll look forward to seeing you at a meeting soon.

Warm regards

Chair and Secretary