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Spike Island Book and Zine Fair

Experimental design and literature

Spike Island Book and Zine Fair

Experimental design and literature



Spike Island’s fourth book and zine fair brought together international independent publishers, designers and collectives whose work focuses on experimental design and literature.

Participants included:

  • An Endless Supply
  • B.Books
  • Bedford Press
  • Book Works
  • Bronze Age Editions
  • City Edition Studio
  • Colin Sackett/UniformBooks
  • Copy
  • Eastside Projects
  • Foyles
  • Hato Press
  • Hyphen Press
  • Influx Press
  • Laydeez do Comics
  • Library of Independent Exchange
  • Mule Press
  • Museums Press
  • Nom de Strip
  • Penned in the Margins

Spike Associates Reading area:

  • Åbäke
  • AND Publishing
  • Sophie Dutton
  • Natalie Ferris
  • Gratuitous Type
  • James Langdon
  • Teller
  • Weng Nam Yap

Special book launches included:

  • BookWorks: Again, A Time Machine: from distribution to archive, edited by Gavin Everall and Jane Rolo
  • Bedford Press: Public Occasion Agency 1–22, edited by Jan Nauta and Scrap Marshall
  • Bedford Press: fm-scenario – Where Palms Stand – Mask – Delay, Eran Schaerf, edited by Joerg Franzbecker and Herbert Kapfer
  • Mule Press: Showhome: Housing Developments of the South West, William Teakle

To accompany the fair, Spike Island also presented a series of short talks, performances and readings by artists and writers. Alongside these were a rare exhibition of works by Modernist printer Desmond Jeffery and a temporary studio where Spike Island-based designer Jono Lewarne worked with students from the University of the West of England throughout the day to produce a printed publication.


12–5pm: Book and Zine Fair

1pm: I Am Dora
Claire Huss discusses the project I am Dora, a publication, online visual story and series of film screenings that explore how women’s perceptions of themselves are affected by female characters in film.

1.15pm: Hyphen Press
Robin Kinross gives a short presentation focusing on the second edition of Norman Potter’s book What is a Designer – his reason for becoming a book publisher.

2pm: Luke Kennard
Kennard reads from The Neropolis Boat (Holdfire Press), forthcoming poetry collection, A Lost Expression (Salt), and from recent science fiction novella, Holophin (Penned in the Margins).

2.15pm: Patrick Coyle
Coyle delivers readings originating from a recent series of small sculptures. Using the sculptures as mnemonic devices, the artist considers how a performance may be both scripted and documented using the same object.

2.30pm: Samuel Hasler
Hasler reads from a work-in-progress, a prayerbook that is influenced by autobiography, film noir and art history.

6pm: Holly Corfield-Carr
The author reads a selection from her current project, Asterisms.

6.20pm: Marie Toseland
The Demise is a body of work incorporating image, text and objects. For this event, it is staged as a performance featuring a reading and projected images.

Followed by the launch of the Risograph print publication created by Jono Lewarne and design students from the University of the West of England.

Desmond Jeffery Type and space installation view (2012) Photograph by Stuart Whipps


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