Friday, 12 February 2010

Thomas Bewick: The Blocks Revisited & Rediscovered

The Blocks Revisited & Rediscovered
documents the fascinating story of Thomas Bewick's personal blocks and their historic journey to Chicago in 1942. Many of these blocks found new homes quickly in the Midwest and across America, while others became well-travelled eventually making their way back to England. The whereabouts of these blocks and their movements over the years have raised questions and a desire to document them for their safe keeping. It is hoped this five year investigation will begin to provide answers, as over 700 of the 1,350 blocks that came to Chicago are documented here in 35 collections.
A numbered edition of ninety copies was bound by Campbell-Logan Bindery, Minneapolis, in a dark green cloth with contrasting green end papers. The spine was gold stamped and the front cover features an inset of a vignette printed from one of the Bewick's blocks at the press.
This information comes from the Oak Knoll Press website. Click here for more details and the opportunity to purchase the book.

Friday, 5 February 2010

A Bewick Bestiary

A Bewick Bestiary by James Kirkup (1918-2009) has been re-printed by Red Squirrel Press.

"James Kirkup (1918 - 2009) was a prolific poet and translator. His work includes several dozen poetry collections, six volumes of autobiography and over a hundred monographs of original work and translations. He was a skilled writer of haiku and tanka. Red Squirrel are delighted to bring his Bewick Bestiary back into print.

Originally published in 1971 by the Mid Northumberland Arts Group, Ashington, the book brings together original poems by James Kirkup and animal woodcuts by Thomas Bewick."

You can read two poems and order a copy of the book from the publisher's website here.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Illustrating Fables: Bewick and Beyond.

Friday 26 February 2010


A joint conference with the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University

A day-long conference to explore the illustration of fables, with particular focus on the work of Thomas Bewick.
The speakers will include Brian Alderson (Visiting Fellow, Newcastle University), Andrea Immel (Princeton University), John Vernon Lord (Illustrator and Lecturer), Peter Osborne (Bewick Society), Peter Quinn (Bewick Society) and Graham Williams (sculptor and engraver).

Venue: The Clore Learning Suite, Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4PT.
Date and time: Friday 26 February 10am - 5pm
Cost: The conference fee will be £10 inclusive of lunch and refreshments.
Contact: For more information email Dr. Matthew Grenby
or contact him at the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Phone no. 0191 222 6182.

Payments are to be made through the University of Newcastle. There will also be on-line booking here.