Group1Five books and one pamphlet got prizes on Saturday at the Oxford fine press fair. The first prize to be announced (which included a £400 cash prize) was a one-time one in honor of the late Toby English, whose untimely death not long before the fair was a shock to everyone. Toby had chaired the fair, on behalf of the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association, for ten years. It went to Paul Kershaw of Grapho Editions in North Yorkshire, for his Amphibious Place.

Group2Then the team of Colin Martin, Sandy Malcom, and James Freemantle named the maximum number of items they were permitted (five) as arbitrary “Judges’ Choice Awards.” First to be named was Parvenu Press’s Alchemical Garden. Next to be named was the very same Amphibious Place that received the Toby English prize. The Salvage Press portfolio Imagination Dead Image came next. Russell Maret’s bibliography, Pressed for Time came next. Gaylord Shanilec’s Lac Des Pleurs got the final Judges’ Choice.

Last to be presented were the two awards for affordable items, given by the Oxford Guild of Printers and announced by Paul Shaw. Pamphlet winner was the Bonnefanten Press, of Maastricht, Germany for da du duden and Soundings, by the St. Brigid Press, won for book.

–Bob McCamant