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book fairs in paradise

June 11, 2020

So. February turned out nice – and busy.

In January, Iain Morrison at the Fruitmarket Gallery had asked Barrie if he’d like to exhibit the entire 100 cantos of The Divine Comedy as part of their annual book fair (which of course he did, and it also turned out to be the final push he needed to complete the entire project).

So, he spent a fair amount of time in his studio with very old sheets of Letraset (that’s a whole other story) and then had a frantic week packaging the entire show up ready to go to Edinburgh (in between that teaching lark of course).

This was probably the weekend before the world turned, and, of course, Barrie didn’t get to go and take part in the book fair, or see his own show.

He’d been away in Munich as part of an international poetry festival earlier that week (true) and couldn’t get up to Edinburgh in time. And of course, we’ve all been in lockdown ever since, so he missed out on it all. Doomed to forever be in the boarding lounge of the good ship Zeitgeist.

Caseroom Press collaborators, Alan Mason and Ken Cockburn were there of course (here’s Alan describing the one that got away).

And Barrie was eventually there (rather aptly) in spirit, for the Fruitmarket Gallery’s first online event.

Iain and Barrie spoke about the work and read selections from Dante’s Inferno using the prints as their Virgil-like guide. Guests were invited to grab their own editions or translations of the text and join in, or just log-in on the night and listen as they descended into the circles of hell. Iain might even invite him back to walk up the mountain of Purgatory together.

Initially scheduled to finish at the end of March, the show has far extended it’s run, and is still on, playing to an empty house every day. Barrie takes great pride in thinking that it is one of those rarest of things – an exhibition that has been extended by unpopular demand.

off the shelf – sheffield

October 15, 2019

Philippa and Barrie were reunited at the first Sheffield Artists’ Book Fair the other week.

They had new work from Philippa, Barrie and Janzte (pictured) on display and caught up with some old friends and ex-students.

The venue was an old Co-Op department store – Castle House – which brought back memories of their days teaching Graphic Design at Thomas Parker House.

chatting and selling in london

November 14, 2018

table spf.jpg The Caseroom were happy to be able to attend the annual Small Publishers Fair at the Conway Hall in London at the weekend. Several new editions were on offer including a first outing for Philippa’s book about Enid Blyton Pinky Winky Doodle Doodle Dumm Dum and her recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan  – a book called Recovered/Recorded. Barrie’s new edition of Gun Dog was also released. Thank you to everyone who was willing to engage in conversation about buried objects and completed questionnaires, and a big thank youto all the people who purchased our books.

the caseroom at conway

November 22, 2017

This is a belated blog post relating to the Caseroom’s recent attendance at the Small Publishers Fair in London. Held at the Conway Hall, the fair always attracts a good crowd, and we saw brisk sales across the two days, with purchases by not only private collectors but Winchester School of Art and UWE. Thank you to everyone who came and visited us.

books and friends and cake

April 5, 2017

BABE 2017.

So our favourite book fair that only occurs every two years has been and gone in a flash.

The weekend enabled us to meet up with a host of friends who were also showing work – ABPress, HG Makes, Semple Press, Corinne Welch, Elizabeth Willow, Imi Maufe, Andrew Morrison and many more. Highlights included Passport Control organised by Stephen Fowler (and his assistant niece), the wonderful trolley dolly/grumpy tea lady and her cake-laden tea trolley, the various workshops, and of course, having the opportunity to talk to lots of lovely visitors about our work. Thank you to Sarah and Tom for excellent organisation and roll on 2019!

 

back to where he once belonged

March 6, 2016

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Barrie was back up in Edinburgh last week – he was talking about Typewriter Art and then ran a single sided book workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art…

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After which, ably attended by Ken Cockburn Alison Bowden and Alan Mason, The Caseroom Press were ‘on table’ at the Fruitmarket Gallery for their annual Artists’ Book Fair.

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As you can see, they were the first to arrive, and yet still, somehow, the last to finish setting up.

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They obviously spent too much time thinking and not enough time doing.

Barrie also spoke about ‘The Most Ambitious Book We’ve Never Published’; The Utopian Tales. Which inches closer to actually becoming a book. He’s currently waiting on a few of the illustrators to send him their updated biographies.

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The Utopian Tales had taken a very long time to come to fruition, and Barrie is finally hoping that he can see the edge of the forest.

to thine own self be true

November 9, 2015

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The Caseroom Press were at the Small Publishers Book Fair at Conway Hall on Friday and Saturday. We had a number of new books on display, plus posters and postcards, with Barrie giving a talk about Utopian Tales, ‘the most ambitious collaboration we’ve never published’, (although he’s hoping to change that quite soon).

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We caught up with old friends, met some new folk and are very pleased to announce that our books were bought for a number of collections including the Poetry Library, UWE, the Slade, the V&A and The Tate.

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One of the people we met worked for the University of Brighton on the Books Arts course, and it would appear that they were so impressed that they wrote this very succinct appreciation of us: http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/hg2/2015/11/09/the-caseroom-press/

As if all that excitement wasn’t enough, a piece that Barrie wrote for COLDFRONTSingular Vispo :: First Encounters – about his introduction into Visual Poetry, and the piece of work that changed the way he saw language (HN Werkman’s The Next Call) has just gone live. The forty responses will be rolled out in groups of five each over the coming weeks. Along with Barrie’s thoughts are Brian Reed on Mary Ellen Solt, Louis Bury on bpNichol, Aram Saroyan on Ian Hamilton Finlay, and Orchid Tierney on Alison Knowles & James Tenney…

And just to top it all off, long time Caseroom Press collaborator Ken Cockburn’s translation of Suche, by Christine Marendon is in The Guardian today. Ken’s translation received a commendation in the recently announced results of the 2015 Stephen Spender prize.

thinking, tinkering, tweaking

October 28, 2015

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As always, a little bit of looking and a little bit of thinking goes a long way – so Barrie has reworked his constellation pieces with a little more finesse.

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He also moved the idea on a little to create the Typewriter (all star) XI…

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All this, plus Philippa and Barrie’s latest books will be on display at the Small Publishers Fair (Friday 6th/Saturday 7th November), where Barrie is also talking about his most ambitious, unpublished, collaboration: Utopian Tales.

there and back – 360 miles

April 13, 2015

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This weekend we attended BABE – the Bristol Artists Book Event at the Arnolfini, which is brilliantly organised by Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden from UWE. Exhibitors spanned two floors and there were workshops, performances and readings throughout the two day event – plus regular supplies of tea and cake from the wonderful Snoozie.

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the fruits of our labours

February 23, 2015

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After a very long journey which included a delightful one hour stop-over in Newark, Barrie finally made it up to Edinburgh to join Alison Bowden and Ken Cockburn at the Fruitmarket Book Fair.

With a table laden with delights, including Philippa’s new book There Is No Time and Barrie’s books, Perec and A Song for the Arts, they had a wonderful weekend of discussions, conversations, good company and even some sales. Philippa, as always led the way, with Jantze’s ‘jewel-like’ concertina books a close second.

The Start Stop Manifesto was a popular visitor attraction, as was The Good Man, which was read by many a happy browser

Barrie’s talk about Typewriter Art (he is peerless in his knowledge of the subject – it says so on the Fruitmarket Gallery website) must have gone well, as the book moved up to number 48 in the top 100 Graphic Design Books on Amazon afterwards.

Barrie talking (and pointing).

 

Here he is in full flow. Notice that he’s working without his notes or his glasses. This means that either he a) forgot his notes, b) forgot his glasses, or c) he really is a Typewriter Art expert.

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Showing Perec to Hazel Grainger from UWE (That’s David Faithfull on the stand next door)…

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