Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Alchymical Garden of Thomas Browne

New for Turn the Page in Norwich - 1-2 May......might just be ready in time!........

Come and see the whole book............

Monday, 2 March 2015

New Work, New Acitivities for 2015

Pictures soon when more work is finished

I shall be exhibiting at TTP - the wonderful Artists Book Fair in Norwich in May - 1st-2nd
- shorter than you think by train from London and a beautiful place to visit.....

follow the link here:  turnthepage.org.uk/

I am also busy finishing a new book for the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair at the end of October


Women in Print: Witchcraft and the Popular Press 1920- 1990
April 11th 2015 9.30am- 4.30pm  The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall

Full Price £50   Student/Speaker rate £25
Inclusive of entrance to the museum and refreshments.
The ‘Women in Print’events are an occasional series of  gatherings to discuss  the ways in which women’s creative and intellectual cultural agency is manifest through and framed by popular print culture. At each event a limited edition print run of illustrated CHAPBOOKS by contemporary writers, artists and academics will be available. These were recently featured on the blog All Things Considered . see link here : allthingsconsidered.co.uk/2014/12women-in-print.html

look up under design, then scroll down from great review of Johnny Hannah's new book.....to 
women in print review by Angie Lewin 
The third of the  ‘Women in Print’ events, this study day  seeks to investigate the ways in which women's contribution to 20th c. popular print culture described and framed ideas about  'witchcraft'.
Supported by Manchester School of Art in collaboration with the Museum of British Folklore and the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic, the study day will take place at the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle, Cornwall, on Saturday 11th April 2015 from 9.30 am – 4.30pm. Tickets are available online via https://womeninprintnetwork.wordpress.com/

Contributing speakers come from a wide range of disciplines and practices- Literature, Anthropology, Design, Art History and witchcraft itself, the day will offer a diverse and interdisciplinary consideration of the role of print media in shaping our collective understanding of witchcraft.
The day will be split into three sessions, the first discussing ways of  Reading the Witch. Marion Gibson, Professor of Magical and Renaissance Literature at the University of Exeter, will talk about ‘Witchcraft and the Novel 1919- 1929’. Dr. Fiona Hackney, an expert in Design Cultures and Community Engagement from the school Art and Design at Falmouth University, will be talking about ‘the witch as a figure of folkcraft and rural modernity in the fiction of Ruth Manning Sanders’. Katherine Hodgkin will be talking about ‘pagans and demons in the English village’ and the presence of witchcraft in women’s detective fiction.  Dr. Eleanor Byrne from Manchester Metropolitan University will be considering the witch in children’s literature of the 1970’s.
The second session will look at Magical Landscapes Joyce Froome, witchcraft expert and Assistant Curator at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic will be talking about Dorothy Jacob and her book’ A Witches’ Guide to Gardening’ in relation to ‘sixtiesfeminine folk wickedness’, Author, craftsman and witchcraft historian Steve Patterson will talk about the painter and magician IthellColqhoun and ‘the alchemical transformation of Lamorna valley’ bringing his expertise into West Country witchcraft to the subject. The artist/printmaker and independent researcher Carolyn Trant will be talking about IthellColqhoun in relation to Aleister Crowley and the Surrealists.
In the final session will look at Histories and collections of witchcraft,  Dr.Helen Cornish will be considering the reputation of the anthropologist Margaret Murray, and her controversial book ‘The God of the Witches’, published in 1931.Illustrator Hayley Potter will explain how her recent residency at the Museum has informed her research into the way women collected and classified magical artefacts. Finally, we are delighted that Dave Chatton- Barker and Ian Humerstone (Folklore Tapes) will talk about their experimental fieldwork and research into Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor. The day will end with a multimedia, performance from the Folklore tapes. Their blend of analogue technology, folklore and landscape is a suitably magical spectacle to end the day’s proceedings.
There will be refreshments available throughout the day, and the ticket price includes free entrance to the museum and library.
If you have any questions about the event please contact
Desdemona McCannon, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Art.

Please buy tickets and register online by following this link

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Seasons Greetings

Hi Everyone

I am still out there working but have had a few technical problems this year which I hope to resolve shortly..
I will be back blogging in the New Year hopefully with lots of updates and images...
meanwhile the website is still tricky for me to update - you can view evrything there so far at
but check the blog for news and I will post up when the web-site is being added to again
no Lewes printmakers calendar this year for similar reasons....
but the work continues and I'm fine, just busy!..........will speak soon.......

Monday, 14 April 2014

The Battle of Lewes and Turn the Page

My Printmaking Group have been working hard for the Battle of Lewes celebrations in May - this is our new book - an Alphabet Book of the Battle of Lewes consisting of 26 cards with the images and a booklet of explanatory text containing  lots of interesting and less well known details about the battle and its significance for our parliamentary history, all packaged as a nice little book about the size of a good sized paperback.

The original prints are made up into a large concertina book which is on display in the Lewes Town Hall.
The paperback book can be purchased there or from the Tom Paine Printing Press shop, 151 High Street
for a very reasonable sum ( £12 ).

Meanwhile I will be away missing some of the celebrations as I am doing the Turn the Page Artists Book Fair in Norwich the first friday and saturday of May. It's a lovely venue, was well attended by people from all over last year; this year it has an interesting program alongside the stands; and it's a beautiful city to explore. I was so inspired by it last year that will be showing some little books about Norfolk - The Man in the Moon and a litttle display about Nelson.
see earlier blogs ( august and october) for more images.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

New Year well on its way.....

And I have not blogged since before Christmas...I've been far too busy trying to catch up with myself and finish work that I showed at Oxford Fine Press Fair so I could start the year anew.
Well , its 1st March and I am just about there - starting 2 important new books with James Simpson and playing with the idea of a 3rd that follows on from my Irish book Mharbna...
see below ( previous post) for images of Mharbna and my website for other books
which will hopefully be updated in due course

I am concentrating on working rather than exhibiting at book fairs this year , but I will be doing the 2nd Book Fair at Norwich, Turn the Page, at the beginning of May ( it was such an enjoyable experience last year )

and I seem to be booked for several talks....
first up will be about Peggy Angus at MMU Special Collections in Manchester in conjunction with the Manchester Museum of People's History Women in Print event
next friday march 7th
and scroll down to Women in Print  1920-1965

There will be an exhibition about Peggy Angus at Towner starting July 12th until september 21st
with a program of events , of which more anon. I will hopefully be doing another Peggy Angus walk from Charleston in the late summer - date to be confirmed.

Thursday march 20th I am giving a talk about Art and Archaeology with reference to my past work  for the University of Sussex Archaeology Society; starts at 7pm, venue ARTS A2, University of Sussex - free to all, just turn up, £2 with free wine reception afterwards
Lecture Series 2013-14

May sees the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes and my printmaking group are producing an alphabet book to celebrate the month of festivities in town - this will be a packet of cards of the prints with an accompanying booklet and an exhibition of the finished concertina book somewhere in Lewes, watch this space
and see
website in process of being refashioned....
we will be showing at the May Fayre at Lewes Priory May 10th  and the weekend of the Festival in town 17/18th May

more images of all this as the year unfolds.......

Monday, 25 November 2013

Local Christmas events

I'll be exhibiting at the above for two weekends,

as well as in Lewes Town Hall on Late Night Shopping night 5th December 6-9;

and Lewes Printmakers will have a stand at the Lewes Artists and Makers fair (in aid of Western Road School ) in the Town Hall on Saturday 30th November - 11-5 - selling prints and cards and our printmakers calendars and books about Lewes.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Images for Oxford Fine Press Fair - new books

here are some pics for Marbhna - Elegy - I have chosen the most picture-y ones I suppose but I was interested too in the way the indentations from the woodcuts and collagraphs showed through on the back and interacted with the following texts too in a lot of places - hard to show on the websit - come to the fair!

Here also some little Nelson books and "Horatia's Box" that we had in the Tom Paine Press shop window for Trafalgar Day.
I have always had a soft spot for Nelson since I was taken to see the Victory  on a primary school outing ( the powder monkeys sounded particularly fascinating, tho I'm not sure I visualised them with correct historical accuracy, being always of an imaginative turn of mind.....)

The Naval Museum at Greenwich have just opened a new display, but it sounds as though they are playing down his heroic status and concentrating rightly enough 

on his men too; his men thought he was a hero by all accounts; bit of a shame to be too politically correct, we can always do with a few heroes.....
I read a wonderful novel about Nelson's daughter Horatia and her troubled relationship with poor Emma - she never was acknowledged as her mother of course and Horatia refused to accept it too , although she eventually knew that Nelson, who was overjoyed by the birth of his daughte but died whilst she was still in infancy, was her real father. Both daughter and Emma were treated abominably by both government and society and bundled of to exile in France; but Horatia lived to a fine old age and had several children herself and a good marriage, so there is a happy ending of sorts.

These are some little books with shell covers and woodcuts of the playground skipping rhyme about Nelson from my youth and images of the wonderful popular pottery his life and legend inspired.

All this was inspired too by my trip to Norfolk for the Norwich Book Fair TTP last spring - 
as was the Man in the Moon book ( see below 2 posts back) ....

Also now newly bound 'Hunting the Wren' and 'Love Poems and Curses', collaboration with poems by James Simpson

sorry- taken on a wet dark day so rather lurid colour.....