Archive for the ‘talks’ Category

talking typography in norwich

November 22, 2018

Barrie was out and about at the Norwich University of the Arts at the beginning of November – talking typography, poetry, artists’ books, Dante’s Inferno and various other stuff as it occurred to him – the lecture also included a performance of ‘A Song For An Art School’. If you’ve ever experienced that – you’ll know it’s worth the price of entry alone…

Thank you to Glen Robinson for the invite, and for the students for turning up – a full house and a real joy to be there.


on the road again

October 23, 2016


Barrie had the pleasure of travelling up to Newcastle on Friday to talk to Graphic Design and Illustration students at the Northumbria University.

He’d been invited up by the extremely talented Sara Ogilvie, and spoke about The Caseroom Press, Typewriter Art and also took a few carrier bags full of Artists’ books for the students to look at (Philippa’s fabric printed Delia Taught Me To Cook was a particular favourite).

There was even a question about his Typographic Dante (he’d not mentioned it in the talk, but one of the students had really done their research). If anyone’s particularly interested in that, there’s an article about it here: Academia.

It was lovely to see Sara again – she’s also one of the illustrators for Utopian Tales – and he was given a grand tour of their studios, wonderful print room and small, but beautifully formed, letterpress studio.

A really delightful day.

So why the rather forlorn picture of his bags on the platform at Newark?

He forgot to take any photos when he was there.

the image in the machine

October 19, 2016


Barrie had the pleasure of going to the Liverpool School of Art & Design at the end of September. He had a paper accepted for the Seventh International Conference on The Image.



His parallel session (Learning Images) included wonderful talks on Virtual Illumination by Alexander Nevill, from the Centre for Moving Image Research, University of West England – Quite brilliant and well worth booking him for a talk if you’ve got some budget to spare – and Jim Hamlyn’s; The Truth About Images, which was another, very thought provoking high point which asked to what extent are photographs ‘truth dependent’.

Barrie spoke about portraiture and the typewriter. Apparently this is quite a niche subject, judging by the fact one of the audience asked, ‘Is that even a thing?’

He’s even managed to meet the deadline for submitting the paper to the Journal of the Image. So, it might even end up in print.

back to where he once belonged

March 6, 2016


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…


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.


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


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.


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.

face face forward

December 17, 2015


Barrie’s been busy dotting about around the country again – at the beginning of the month, a trip to Teeside to talk to Graphic Design students about typography, Typewriter Art and single sided books, and then a virtual appearance last Saturday at Face Forward Dublin. 

He was in good company, with an impressive list of luminaries including – amongst others – Timothy Donaldson (pictured), Brenda Dermody, Tobias Frere-Jones, Phil Baines and John Paul Dowling of ISTD fame.

If you want to see what you missed, you can look here:

This tweet from Gabriel Solomons, who gave a talk about Family Monograms,  shows some of the luminaries at work…


And another tweet from Marcus Leis Allion, who’s talk was on Typrograms – the shaped typography of computer programs – was at Timothy Donaldson’s ‘personal, poetic, performative, and political presentation of typography’.


to thine own self be true

November 9, 2015


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).


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.


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:

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


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.


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

Typewriter XI

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.

the fruits of our labours

February 23, 2015

the table

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.



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

the first arrivals

in the tradition of book fairs…

February 20, 2015

New Books

… Philippa and Barrie have been making last minute books for Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery Book Fair tomorrow.


The books include Philippa’s beautiful Letterpressed There Is No Time.

A Song for the Arts

Barrie’s sequel to A Song for an Art School – the aptly named – A Song for the Arts, which celebrates the courses in the new School of Architecture & Design.


Perec 2

And finally Perec. Which is really, a big book about nothing.

Barrie is also talking Typewriter Art on the Saturday afternoon. So if you want to find out why you can’t tweet on a British Typewriter, come along to the Book Fair.


the caseroom at small publishers fair

November 19, 2014


The Caseroom were happy to be part of the Small Publishers’ Fair at the Conway Hall in London at the weekend.


An early train from Lincoln got us to the venue in time to set up for the 11:00am start on the Friday.

Start Stop

The Start Stop Manifesto looked particularly splendid – a Letterpress print by Angie Butler and Philippa – which was by far our most popular item of the weekend.


It was nice to see some of our alumni who popped along to say hello, plus catch up with lots of other people who came to visit (and sometimes even make a purchase!). Along with the Manifesto, the best sellers of the weekend were Barrie’s Typewriter Art book, and Philippa and Angie’s letterpress ephemera.

Barrie was also one of 11 speakers at the Saturday Readings with his talk about The Typewriter and The Book.

For an overview of the whole event, check out Natasha Nuttall’s blog post here: