Spotted in London during my recent trip to visit the rellies and attend the opening of "Inside Out" Contemporary Bindings of Private Press Books, a Designer Bookbinders exhibition (with one of my bindings in it). Above are a couple of pals reading the newspaper in a quiet spot in White Chapel and a poster for a show that I would have walked a mile to see if I had had a chance. I read all the "Biggles" books-my favourite was "Biggles Defies the Swastika!" Ripping stuff.
Below is a shot of the show currently on until August 22 at St Bride's Institute. Worth a look if you are passing Fleet St. at Farringdon Rd.
In other developments our intern from Paris's Ecole Estienne, Marie, started slaving away for us this week. She's here for a month and is doing nice work on a bit of everything. This should be fun. Today at lunch we all discussed the merits of McCain's curly fries. Apparently they are quite popular in France. Who knew? Welcome Marie.
sad news from the literary world. Crad Kilodney, absurdist street poet and grumpy person of long standing has died in Toronto.
It was great fun in the '80's to run into Crad selling his books on the sidewalk, usually with an enigmatic sign around his neck- my favourite said "POTTERY"- and I was able to purchase many of my favourites: Sex Slaves of the Astro-Mutants, Bang Heads Here Suffering Bastards, and "gainfully employed in limbo". Crad predicted in his 1973 book, "World Under Anaesthesia" that his death would be in Hungry Horse, Montana in 2025. He didn't make it.
born 1951 in Edmonton AB. grew up in Windsor ON, MA from U of Windsor in Romance Linguistics, Studied bookbinding with Beatrice Stock, Seamas McClafferty and Betsy Palmer Eldridge in Toronto. Binding since age 11 when I rebound my Bantam paperback copies of all the Horatio Hornblower novels in some blue raincoat fabric that my sister had left over from a Home Ec. project. I still have them and they keep me humble. Binding professionally since 1980.