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FPBA members exhibit their works at the Bath Literature Festival

Monday, February 1st, 2010

A number of FPBA members will be showing their artists’ books, calligraphy, and prints during the Bath Literature Festival at the Gallery in Chapel Row, Bath from February 13 to March 2, 2010. The list of exhibitors includes Susan Allix, Olivia Clifton-Bligh, Gwasg Gregynog, Impact Press, Incline Press, Inky Parrot Press, Spoon Print Press, Mintyfresh (Kate Holland), Andy Moore, Old School Press, Old Stile Press, p’s & q’s press, Whittington Press, Woodcroft Press, and engraver Neil Bousfield.

A big thanks to Frances McDowall of the Old Stile Press for the tip. — Paul Razzell

Gregynog comes to Smithsonian

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Acting on a tip from Steve Heaver, I asked David Vickers what event he was coming to Washington D.C. for this summer. Turns out it’s not just Gregynog, but a whole cultural delegation from Wales. His explanation:

“I shall be demonstrating letterpress printing and typesetting (in its basic form) at the Wales Smithsonian Folklife festival held on the National Mall from 24 June to 4 July. I also hope to have some work displayed in the Pyramid Atlantic Arts center in downtown Silver Spring. More information on the festival can be found on www.wales.com/smithsonian.

“In the ‘Making Books’ tent with me will be Julian Thomas, Head of Conservation at the National Library of Wales, who is a fellow of Designer Bookbinders and its current President. He will be demonstrating various binding techniques. We will have examples of Gregynog books on display.

“The Smithsonian is currently looking to source the equipment necessary to set up a mini printshop on site.”

–Bob McCamant

Pennant and His Welsh Landscapes

Friday, September 16th, 2005

New from Gwasg Gregyog:

Pennant and His Welsh Landscapes

THOMAS PENNANT was revered by contemporaries, notably receiving the accolade of that great arbiter of literary work, Samuel Johnson. He draws us inexorable into his absorbing narrative. He was sensitive to scenic impact, noting that near Leeswood 'Cambria here lays aside her majestic air and condescends to assue a gentler form'. The contents of houses are sharply observed: Pen Bedw held Sir Kenelm Digby's 'curious illuminated books';and Powys Castle's gallery was 'filled with bad paintings'. Castles and fortifications are to the fore. He contemplates on the ruins of the fort at Deganwy, and has 'melancholy reflections' at Conway Castle like some latter-day Gibbon. The classical scholar in Pennant frequently comes out: he finds the tradition of the Graves of the Men of Ardudwy 'nearly parallel with the Rape of the Sabines'. The Tour in Wales is a lively museum of this man's verve, knowledge, wit and language.

Readings from Thomas Pennant's The Tour in Wales (1776-1784), selected and edited by Gwyn Walters. Illustrated with colour woodcuts by Rigby Graham, the selection retains, in an elegant prose, that rich mixture of history, typography and comment which gave the original work pioneer status and instant acclaim.

A PROLIFIC and versatile painter, printmaker and illustrator, Rigby Graham has illustrated hundreds of books for both private and commercial presses. In his illustrations for Pennant and his Welsh Landscapes he has attempted to reflect the contemporary view rather than reproduce that of Pennant, and has compressed time, so that past and present often co-exist within a single image. Graham has attempted to inject vitality into the volume by using vibrant colours for each of the 16 full page and 4 double page illustrations, and in so doing has created dynamic and visually stimulating volume for Gwasg Gregynog.

Set in Monotype Baskerville and printed on Velin Arches pure cotton mould-made paper. The edition is limited to 165 copies, of which 150 will be hand-bound in quarter leather, titles in gold on the spine and both boards, and presented (together with an editioned set of prints) in a drop-back box. Both bindings have been designed by Rigby Graham. Also available unbound. 168 pages, 240 x 350mm.

Special binding-16 copies in a full-leather binding containing an additional set of prints and presented in a cloth-covered drop-back box.(1 copy remaining).

Quarter leather £550. Unbound sheets £300. The illustrations will be available as signed copies-please enquire for details.

New from Gwasg Gregynog

Monday, April 4th, 2005

THE LOST CHILDREN-BYRON ROGERS

THEY WERE IMPRISONED FOR LIFE IN CHILDHOOD. They had done nothing, committed no crime, it was just that they had to be put away forever, not because of who, but of what they were. Death alone brought release—and a fading into the footnotes of history—to the Royal Children of Wales, the last heirs to a dynasty stretching back to the Roman Empire and shattered in the thirteenth century by the English Conquest.

In The Lost Children Byron Rogers has attempted to give back their lives to these small pieces of political debris, whose only offence was that they had been born. In the process he has, in Gwenllian, the only child of the last native Prince of Wales, created a national icon. There is now a Gwenllian Society which by public subscription has raised a memorial to her; poems have been written, songs addressed to her, and she was even the subject of a profile in, of all things, the Daily Mirror. Suddenly, after 700 years, one of the lost children is a human being in her own right.

Illustrated with pen and ink drawings by Anna Ravenscroft.

Gwasg Gregynog has produced a limited edition of 300 numbered copies set in 13pt Monotype Perpetua and printed letterpress on Somerset pure cotton mould-made paper. Each copy is individually bound by hand in full red cloth, with printed cover and spine, and is presented in a complementary slipcase.

£95. March 2005

Additional information can be obtained by contacting Gwasg Gregynog.

Forthcoming from Gwasg Gregynog

Wednesday, January 5th, 2005

PENNANT AND HIS WELSH LANDSCAPES is a new title from Gwasg Gregynog that will be available later this year:

Readings from Thomas Pennant’s The Tour in Wales (1776-1784), selected and edited by Gwyn Walters. Illustrated with colour woodcuts by Rigby Graham, the selection retains, in an elegant prose, that rich mixture of history, typography and comment which gave the original work pioneer status and instant acclaim. 200 copies for sale in a quarter-leather binding. 16 copies for sale in a full-leather binding containing an additional set of prints and presented in a cloth-covered drop-back box. Details to be finalized. Fall 2005

Go to Gwasg Gregynog News to view some sample prints from the book.