Just back from the Small Publishers Fair

I have just been to the book fair organized by the RGAP at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square. This is an annual event, which features artists who are also publishers and poets who are also artists, which basically leads to an array of mostly book-like objects made with a great deal of love and care (I really hope that Istros Books can be there next year).

I bought two lovely things –
a pocket book of photographs by Helen Douglas – visual poems which form a ‘portrait of a Hebridean tideline’ and
‘Lost Words’ by Mike Clements’, a re- made school dictionary with inserted pages listing those antique words which were removed from the Collins Dictionary in 2008, and those that were saved through a newspaper campaign. The lost words appear with an RIP black line around the border. It also comes with a paper insert ‘call for help’, in which the artist called for people to submit any instances when they came across these lost words while reading:)

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