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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.


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February 2019

AGM followed by – Stephen Byrne: Miniature Book Society (talk & workshop)

16th February 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND First a talk by Stephen Byrne of the 'Miniature Book Society' which will be followed by an afternoon of workshops with a Miniature Book theme. Fee: £10 for the workshop.

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April 2019

Tom McEwan: Decorative Leatherwork (workshop)

13th April 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND A workshop on how to apply paste resists and colour dyes to decorate leather. Fee: £15 for the workshop.

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May 2019

Gillian Stewart: Articulated spine board book (workshop)

11th May 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND Made with drum leaf pages and bevelled boards, this contemporary structure is versatile and adaptable. The bevelled spine pieces of the case pop out and hinge as it moves, and tyvek allows the pages to articulate nicely. Participants will have the opportunity to hand decorate their covers by either painting or covering with paper. Taught to Gillian in Centro de bel Libro in Ascona as part of her QEST Scholarship, this method was devised by Kylin Lee. Fee: Members…

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June 2019

Lori Sauer: Stub Binding (workshop)

1st June 2019 - 2nd June 2019
Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour St
Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 8PZ United Kingdom
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SCOTLAND JUNE 1-2 This is a joint workshop with Designer Bookbinders/SoB This workshop is fully booked

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September 2019

Alan Fitch – Leather Inlays & Onlays

21st September 2019 - 22nd September 2019
Harbour Arts Centre, 114-116 Harbour St
Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 8PZ United Kingdom

SCOTLAND September 21-22 Leather Inlays & Onlays workshop Fee: To be confirmed Time: To be confirmed. Venue: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine.

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October 2019

Alison Hay: Criss Cross Binding (workshop)

26th October 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCOTLAND This technique is also known as Secret Belgian Binding Fee: £10

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November 2019

Glasgow Weekend

29th November 2019 - 30th November 2019

Glasgow Weekend: Friday 29 - Saturday 30 November

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March 2020

AGM Show & tell and Sale

March 21 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

AGM Show & Tell and Sale

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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