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.....

Monday, 28 October 2013

Late Info - Oxford Fine Press Fair this weekend 2-3 November

at Oxford Brookes University, Gypsy Lane, Headington 

I WILL be there exhibiting: I have just been in a tunnel of finishing books and have 2 days left to get my endpapers pasted down...I will try and take some photos in the next day or so, of new books and bindings....including, finally after 6 years of dithering, the book I wrote and began imaging when on a residency in Donegal...
keep checking this space for photos
hope to see you there
Book fair details on fpba website

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Late Summer - new events

Next up is Lewes ArtWave, starting weekend 24/25th of August.

I will be having an Open Studio throughout the two weeks ( excepting the second monday ) showing prints old and new , Artists Books and work in progress.

My printmaking group Lewes Printmakers will be exhibiting again at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, and showing our new book about the River Ouse; see the Artwave website for further details:

After that I will be exhibiting at the Whitechapel Art Book Fair from 13th - 15th September 

( PV thursday 12th ) see website; 

someone else will be minding my stand on the friday 13th as I will be giving a paper about 


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Women designers and the popularisation of ‘folk arts’ in Britain 1920-1960.