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he’s writing… he’s writing…

February 14, 2013


Barrie is currently working on the manuscript for the book he’s been commissioned to write. A Modern Anthology of Typewriter Art – due to be published later in the year by Laurence King. He’s thinking it might need a snappier title.

The book is an overview of Typewriter Art from the late 1800s to the present day. The last anthology was Alan Riddell’s book, published by London Magazine Editions in 1975.

As you can see, he’s surrounded by research, but it’s OK. He’s got a yellow highlighter.


When he accepted the commission, he thought he had a pretty good idea of the work that was out there. He’s since found out that he knew nothing … and every time he thinks he’s found out as much as he can, he finds more.


The week before last, he spent a happy two days with designer John Dowling going through the long-list of images and managed to produce the short-list (that’s the pile of it above). Now he’s got to go through that all over again and whittle it down to about 200 pieces of work.



Of course, he’s not really writing it on a 1903 Oliver Standard Visible Typewriter. That woud be silly. The Oliver No. 3 doesn’t have a backspace so it’s impossible to make corrections on. He’s actually using this laptop.

Would you look at the state of that screen though.


noted and noto

December 2, 2012


Eye magazine have noted us this month, which is a delight. The Onion Merz Poem Number 8 caught the mood of the week as its typewritten bellyband coincided with the last ever British-made typewriter leaving the Brother factory in Wrexham.

Barrie would like to claim that this synergy was all to do with his ability to capture the mood of the moment… but he has to admit it wasn’t. Originally the snakebook was supposed to be slipped into a letterpressed envelope. Which Barrie bought, typeset and printed. At which point Philippa took one look at it and said ‘are you sure that envelope’s going to be big enough for those?’

And the answer was? No it wasn’t. So, in order to get the book ready in time for the Scottish Poetry Library Book Fair (By Leaves We Live), he invented a plan B and typed up some bellybands instead.

The rest as they say, is a happy accident.

The Ghost in the Fog made another appearance too, on the pages of the International Design Observatory. It has a walk on part in a Thesis exploring non-linear narratives.


barrie’s blue notebook debut

October 2, 2012

The latest edition of the Blue Notebook publication edited by Sarah Bodman of UWE (Volume 7. No.1 October 2012) features an informative article by Barrie entitled ‘From the novel to the artists’ book and back again’. Available in two formats – print or online – you can subscribe  at


multi-modal literature

August 24, 2012

As you may know, Barrie has made very few books all of his own. However the ones he does make have interesting lives.

The Ghost in the Fog is now, officially, clever. True. Dr. Alison Gibbons has included it in The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature.

He’s the first to admit, it’s hardly a starring role, but there it is. Four lines up from the chapter break. Lavish it says. Lavish… Oh, wait, no. That’s Marian Bantjes.

Apparently it makes an appearance in this book too…

…but we’ve not seen it yet, so we don’t know what it says – and as we’re on the subject it also makes a (very brief) appearance in this exhibition catalogue too…

‘The World as Text documents the exhibition and reading room designed for the Center for Book and Paper Arts under the direction of Chicago-based artist, designer and builder John Preus.  Featuring nearly 100 contemporary artists’ books, zines and exhibition catalogs, the reading room was conceptualized as a hybrid social space and fabricated entirely with reclaimed furniture.  The full color catalog features an essay by artist and critic Dan Wang, project statement by John Preus, a complete index of books and works in the exhibition.’

The catalogue is available as a free download from Lulu.


June 10, 2010

The Caseroom Press is featured in the latest edition of Baseline magazine. Written by Ian McLaren the article explores the history of the press from it’s early beginnings at Edinburgh College of Art to its current prominence at the Lincoln School of Art and Design.