Panel Beating #8—Reading and Being Read

20_feb_publishers_pressFollowing on from 2015’s The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium at the University of Westminster, I am pleased to have been invited to speak at the British Library on 20 February at an event (also organised by Leigh Wilson and Georgina Colby of The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster) that is described as a ‘symposium and workshop for hungry minds and creative readers, bringing together writers, readers and publishers from independent presses in the UK.’

Michael Moorcock, ‘A Twist in the Lines’, POPP.027I’ll be talking about Piece of Paper Press, the artists’ book project that I set up in 1994, and which was designed as a sustainable publishing platform for commissioning and publishing new works by artists and writers. Since 1994 I’ve published works by artists and writers including Michael Moorcock(left), Joanna Walsh, Liliane Lijn, Pavel Büchler, Peter Bunting, Barbara Campbell, Tim Etchells, Bruce Gilchrist, Halford+Beard, Elizabeth Magill, Penny McCarthy, James Pyman, Borivoj Radaković, Gordana Stanišić, Suzanne Treister, Alison Turnbull, and many more. The image below is of some of the design roughs, colour and print tests generated by Joanna Walsh’s ‘Shklovsky’s Zoo’, which was published by Piece of Paper Press in July 2015. The next title will be the 30th in the series, and is by the brilliant, LA-based artist Steven Hull.

Fellow speakers at the British Library on 20 February include Sam Jordison of the celebrated Galley Beggar Press and the Guardian, authors Susie Nott-Bower and Alex Pheby, and Lynn Michell of the Linen Press. It promises to be a really good day.

N.B. If you are interested in coming along, the advice from the British Library is to book early, as these events are marketed across their lists and tend to sell out rather quickly.