Archive for the ‘Oxford Fine Press Book fair’ Category

Contests at Oxford Fair announced

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Barbarian Press Pericles, winner of a Jurors' Choice award in 2011.

Barbarian Press Pericles, winner of a Jurors’ Choice award in 2011.

The Fair has two kinds of awards. The first, called the “Judges Choice Awards,” go to books on display at the fair. This goes to 3, 4, or 5 books (judges decide at the time), published since the previous fair, that they deem particularly worthwhile in their own personal judgment. The only entry required is to have it present on a table at the fair.

The second kind presents an entirely different sort of opportunity, especially aimed at beginning printers. The Oxford Guild of Printers has two awards for different letterpress items (also published since the last Fair). The first is for a book costing £50 or less, and the second is for a single section sewn pamphlet. They will consider the relationship between typography and contents, the quality of the printing, and originality of design. Both awards will be cheques for £100. Entries can be posted to the Chairman of the Guild, Dr Miles Wigfield, Coneygar Lodge, Quenington GL7 5BZ, UK. They must be posted to arrive before October 23rd, and must be accompanied by a return address label and sufficient postage stamps so that your own packaging can be re-used. Alternatively books can be handed in before Saturday noon at the OGP table at the Fair, and collected on Sunday after 1530. This is the good and bad part: all items entered will be publicly exhibited by the OGP at the Fair. The bad part: they will be subject to handling. The good part: you need not buy a table to have your work exhibited at the fair!

–Bob McCamant

Awards announced at Oxford fair

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Russell Maret, right, with Annie Schlecter

Five presses and one illustrator won awards at the Oxford Fine Press Book Fair on Sunday, November 6, 2011. The five presses to receive Judges’ Choice awards were –Nikodim Press (Dimitry Sayenko, St. Petersburg, Russia), for the ABC of Fears; –Russell Maret (New York City), for Specimens of alphabets designed or revived by Russell Maret; –Susan Allix (London), for Myth; –Barbarian Press (Crispin and Jan Elsted, Mission, British Columbia, Canada), for Pericles; and –Whittington Press (John and Rosalind Randle, Leominster, Herfordshire, UK), for A Vision of Order. The Parrot Prize for best illustration in any medium went to Angela Barrett for her illustrations in the Hand and Eye Editions (London) version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Additional random photos from the fair can be seen on the FPBA Facebook page. If you’re not on Facebook, just click here.

–Bob McCamant

Eleventh Oxford Fine Press Book Fair: you coming?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011


Full details of the Oxford Fine Press Book fair are listed here.

— Paul Razzell