News & Work in Progress

Welcome to a New Year

  We have posted to some people that we have both now celebrated our eightieth birthdays and realise that we should allow ourselves to go a little slower. Standing at a press all day especially in the cold of winter is exhausting and so we have plans for several...

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Where do all the books go?

We are often asked about where we sell our books and what sort of people buy them - sometimes I think just on a point of interest but at other times we get the feeling that people like to think they are in good company buying something hand made by a tiny press...

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Emerging from hibernation

As the New Year begins to get going (although Nicolas' urge to hibernate does not really lessen until Spring is upon us!) it is time to get our friends excited by our new book. We have of course been labouring over it for many months but we have not mentioned it...

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Wandering in the garden

We seem to veer from hills shrouded in mist to blazingly hot sunshine and the only place to be is stretched on a reclining chair . . . however, to celebrate our golden wedding three years ago we planted a bed of golden flowers and today I picked a bouquet of the now...

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Sir Peter Shaffer

The recent death of Sir Peter Shaffer had the inevitable effect here of reminding us of the making of our edition of EQUUS - in 2009. After all the labours of Clive Hicks-Jenkins in the making of the images and of ourselves in getting the book together, we were really...

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Rather pleased with ourselves!

  This photograph, actually taken some time ago by a visiting friend, does seem rather appropriate at this particular moment - as we have the immense pleasure of launching our new website. It became quite obvious some time ago that our old setup was no longer reaching...

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Lost and Found

  For a week or so in 1991, Rigby Graham was staying with us during the printing of his monumental book Kippers & Sawdust, helping me with the (to me utterly new and absolutely terrifying) arts of printing colour woodcuts. "Spread it on like strawberry jam" was his...

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Monkey Puzzle

For all of the thirty-odd years we have been living at Catchmays Court - and probably about 100 years before that - a wonderfully prominent feature of the landscape has been our massive Araucaria, Chilean Pine. It was a female tree at least 30 metres high and much...

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April!

After lunch, I had enjoyed a satisfying snooze in the sun in this very chair. Two hours later it was full of hail. Such exaggerated and unpredictable behaviour is just what one would expect from a year so young. I love it!      ...

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and a year later . . .

For all sorts of reasons we have neglected this blog but having come to the realisation that aspects of our website are no longer functioning we shall endeavour to keep up with our friends here. Putting news and images on Facebook seems even more ephemeral - no sooner...

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Lady’s Smock

  We have been amazed at the profusion of Lady's Smock all over the garden this year. Usually a clump here and there and a sprinkling all over. Not this time. Any ideas? Apparently it is loved by the caterpillars of the orange-tip which will account for the many of...

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enfolding . . .

   During much of 1997, a 'studio' was formed from a sheet of plastic lashed to a number of trees in a birch grove surrounded by fields at Catchmays Court and the sculptor, Matt Baker, could be found carving away for hours a day at a sizeable chunk of reddish 'forest...

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Shortlisted among the Glitterati Goliaths

    Surprises sometimes come in the daily welter of email - although  most is unwanted. Recently an email arrived telling us of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 - only a few days left to enter it said. Among the fifteen categories of different...

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Keats and calligraphy

Although we are extremely pleased with how our recent publications have turned out and proud of our involvement with the projects and their artists, one could say that they have been weighty in content and spirit . . . as well as in their physical manifestation! A bit...

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Painting the lily . . .

. . . and gilding the burnished gold! I am always happy when the sweet peas are on the go. This morning, as I approached the sunny wall to relieve the plants of today's crop (pour encourager les autres!) I saw that the flowers (already, in my opinion, one of the most...

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Olympia here we come

    Our prestigious and successful five-week exhibition in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay is now over but there are other places where we shall be taking books this year. First will be the  London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia from 22 to 24 May....

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By popular demand – or something!

If you have been prevented by matters of State from visiting the Old Stile Press' exhibition at Futures Gallery, Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay at any time during the past month . . . . . . we can offer the happy news that the show has been extended for a week. It can...

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