Manarah 4: Wind

Wind is an almost constant force in the place we moved to in 2016. Sometimes it is just a soft breeze, sometimes it is gale force gusts. It will blow roses and hyrangeas and young climbinf beans to pieces at times and make rain drift past the windows almost horizontally. It will make itself heard when howling around the corners of the old brick farmhouse. During …

Earliest Spring

William Dean Howells was a US-American author who lived from 1837 to 1920. He wrote this bespoke seasonal poem starting off with dramatic words of ruthless deathly winter, while then gliding into a warm and vibrant ode to life, that has never ended or surrendered, but was just waiting out the hard times patiently and confidently. The artist’s book is …

Manarah: The first three issues

Manarah is an old Arabic word for ‘lighthouse’, a place of light to help those on a voyage find their way. Later the word developed into ‘minaret’ – which is the tower of a mosque. I found out about this a few years ago whilst doing research on this topic. The Swiss populace had just voted not to allow the …

Oxford Fine Press Book Fair 2018

The first book made entirely at the new place I moved to in 2016 will be on the table at Oxford Fine Press Book Fair. Open at Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP Saturday 24 March 2018 from 11AM to 6PM Sunday 25 March 2018 from 10AM to 5PM Find all exhibitors in the Conference & Events Centre. Expect …

Escaping the Embers

The deliberate demolition of books, libraries, schools, bookshops, publishing houses, archives to me is unpardonable. The loss of knowledge and cultural heritage thereof cannot easily be made up with. Much will be lost past recovery. People need free access to all sorts of knowledge to become educated. It is education that will give us the competence and strength to face …