Scroll down for Small Publishers Fair 2023 publishers. Click here for the programme (publishers, exhibition, readings and talks) and here for the 80+ book launches plus, artists, writers and designers who – in addition to participating publishers – came to or took part in the Fair.
The imprint of Angie Butler, artist-printer and researcher. Using letterpress printing and the book as collaborative spaces, to connect people and language through shared sensory experiences.
Mette Ambeck is a Farnham-based Danish designer, book artist, teacher and curator. Twice winner of the Birgit Skiöld Memorial Trust Award of Excellence. Investigating life’s details – simple yet complicated.
Coalition of artists with a common interest in the book, established 2008. Annual project invites proposals in response to a theme. This year’s ‘rhythm’ launches at the Fair. Featured artists: Guy Bigland, John McDowall and Ximena Pérez Grobet.
Bad Betty Press
Award-winning publisher of new poetry and curator of live literature events across the UK. Based in Nottingham and run by poets Amy Acre and Jake Wild Hall. New pamphlet imprint Little Betty launches 2024.
The imprint of artist Andrew Kötting who makes films, performances, installations, bookworks, CDs, LPs and music, often in collaboration with his daughter Eden or writer Iain Sinclair.
London-based mixed media and book artist. Uses photography, illustration, painting and textiles to explore women’s issues, immigration, family disintegration and the experience of displacement.
Best Books by Bernard and Anwyl
Based near Stroud and Bristol. Bernard Fairhurst and Anwyl Cooper-Willis are fine artists who make dead-pan, slightly unhinged hand-made and limited edition books.
Shoreditch bookshop specialising in books by artists. Founded by owner Tanya Peixoto in 2002 it also stocks small press publications of 20th century avant-garde works from Dadaism to Pataphysics.
Post-digital research platform, artist book press and publisher at University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Director Emmanuelle Waeckerlé. Critical writing, experimentation, collaboration and research.
Camberwell MA Illustration
A first outing of publications from the new in-house imprint of this London art college, previously home to the renowned MA Book Arts.
Camberwell MA Illustration
London-based publisher of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, including work in translation. Founder-editor: Charles Boyle.
Engaging and inspiring graphic novels and comics for children and adults, some in translation. New series: Life – Love – Death presents exceptionally drawn literature. Based in Poznan, Berlin & London.
London-based installation and book artist. Books, cards and artworks. Many publications are hand-cut or pop-up; most are colourful.
Clod Magazine and Books
Universal truths revealed by small-town hacks, in their magazine of fiction; CLOD. Off-shoot book editions emphasise the team’s ‘local’ to ‘universal’ approach, using the ‘half-joke’ to garner ‘50% seriousness’.
Nordic book artists’ collective, here showing the collaborative project Bibliotek Nordica, a library of books by artists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
Printer-publisher and editor of spaces since the 1970s. Directed by writer and artist Erica Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts. Previous bases in Liverpool, London and Norfolk; now in Ireland.
Based in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Visual artist working primarily with letterpress printing, language and the layering of place. Final forms vary from large scroll installations and prints to artists’ books and chapbooks.
Paper maker and book artist based near Ashford in Kent. Makes books using vegetable and fruit papyrus.
Southampton-based imprint of printmaker and bookbinder Katherine Anteney and photographer Simon Griggs. Limited edition handmade, handprinted books, posters and prints about cycling and landscape.
Dutch Independent Artists Book Association
Publications from members of DIAPB. The Dutch collective will be represented at the fair by book artist Bas Fontein.
Artist, poet and researcher, based in London, working with and around language and publishing. Books and visual poetry creating “nebulous worlds at the periphery of linguistic experience”.
Diaristic zine series ‘bio auto graphic’ founded in 2004. Pictures and words by sole proprietor Mike Nicholson, Farnham-based, Lake District-born illustrator, storyboard artist and academic.
The imprint of Edinburgh-based artist, curator and publisher, Julie Johnstone. Minimal quiet books, cards and poem objects, exploring perception and contemplative experience.
Founded in 1996 by poet and editor Nicholas Johnson, based in Hastings. Beautiful editions of concrete, Gaelic and modernist poetry and prose from the UK and America.
Fine Press Poetry
Letterpress printed illustrated poetry editions by major poets including Armitage, Duffy, Longley and Muldoon. Founded 2013 by Andrew Moorhouse. Based in Rochdale.
Friederike von Hellermann
Book artist, printmaker and co-founder of book art center Halle (bacH). Hand-bound books and portfolios feature pochoir illustrations cut from stainless steel. Based in Halle an der Saale. friederike-von-hellermann.com
Publisher of poetry and non-fiction. Emphasis on pamphlets and short forms, sustainability and materials. Cornwall-based. Editors Luke Thompson and Sarah Cave.
Commissioning and showcasing new work from international lens-based artists and curators. Editors Christiane Monarchi and Gordon MacDonald are based in London.
Henningham Family Press
Founded by David and Ping Henningham in 2006 to make artists’ books, prints, and performance publishing shows. Since 2018, the London-based imprint has also published fiction and poetry. henninghamfamilypress.com
Founded in 2012 by poet Tamar Yoseloff and designer and art editor Vici MacDonald. London-based. Books and prints combine poetry and prose with visual art and archival material. herculeseditions.com
Bristol-based imprint of artist, poet and performer Paul Hawkins and poet and performer Sara Scotthorne. Innovative poetry, artistic creative writing, visual poetry prints and other projects.
Publishes commissioned pamphlets by artists and writers. Editors are Emma Bolland and Rachel Smith who are based in Sheffield.
Book artist and printmaker, based in Surrey. Artist’s books exploring gardens, landscape and place through material and form using printmaking, photography and illustration.
Artist and printmaker, making books since 1985 as an integral part of his practice. Also makes prints, paintings and box works. Based in East Sussex.
Specialises in French authors of literary fiction, narrative non-fiction and trans-genre writing, particularly women’s experiences and points of view. Colonial histories, history of art, film & music. London-based.
Brooklyn based, independent publisher dedicated to innovative, cross-genre and interdisciplinary work by poets, writers, translators and artists. Founded in 2001 by editor E. Tracy Grinnell.
The imprint of translator and editor Denise Rose Hansen. Editor Tom Conaghan. Publishing radical and formally innovative fiction in translation from Europe and beyond.
Sheffield-based poetry publisher of work exploring the intersections of landscape, history and memory. Collaborations include walks, exhibitions and field recordings. Founded 2006 by writer and editor Brian Lewis.
The London-based press of artist, writer, and editor, Sharon Kivland. Writing about reading / re-reading: essays, experimental fiction and a little poetry, critical and conceptual writing. mabibliotheque.cargo.site
Book artist, experimental paper maker and workshop leader. London-based.
Mark Pawson / disinfotainment
London-based one-man production line of publications occupying the territory between artists books and zines, plus postcards, badges, multiples and other ephemera. Rubberstamps, HP LaserJet Pro 401d and Print Gocco.
The imprint of artist and academic Lee Shearman who designs and makes pocket-sized, limited edition books and packaging. Based in Winchester. microlibrarybooks.com
Fine art printmaker and book artist working in the Border Marches. Ideas come from close observation of the world around him and often focus on quirky aspects of life. Short run editions made by hand, mostly digitally printed.
National Poetry Library
The largest public collection of modern poetry, plus events and exhibitions. Based at London’s Southbank Centre, on Level 5 of the Royal Festival Hall. Champions small press publishing. Team is full of poets, writers and creatives who love talking poetry.
Negative Press London
The imprint of artist and designer Roelof Bakker. Exploring the potential of the juxtaposition of image, text and form. Addresses contemporary issues and historical events. Hastings-based.
New Arcadian Press
Investigating the cultural politics of historical landscapes through art and scholarship since 1981. NAP publishes a journal, broadsheets, books, cards and posters. Director Patrick Eyres is based in Leeds.
Limited edition single short-story chapbooks by individual authors. Based in Manchester, editor Nicholas Royle is a novelist and short story writer.
Based at Whittingham Press near Cheltenham, Pat Randall is a letterpress printer and publisher. Books are collaborations and printing is with wood, metal, lino or hardened plastics.
Sheffield-based non-profit publisher of affordable books on the histories of architecture, art, design, film and literature. Founder owners, designer Sarah de Bondt and writer and curator Antony Hudek. occasionalpapers.org
Poetry, hybrid and critical writing forms which are cross-cultural and multilingual. Based in London. Founded in 2019 by poet, writer and translator Ghazal Mosadeq.
Peter Foolen Editions
Eindhoven-based designer and publisher of books and editions (portfolios and prints) of contemporary art.
The imprint of London-based visual artist Kate Morrell. Artist’s books, printed matter and small multiples. Interests: archives, feminist histories, material cultures, archaeology and rural landscapes.
Poetics Research Centre
Led by Redell Olsen and Robert Hampson at Royal Holloway: poetry, hybrid poetics and bookworks by present and former students. Books, chapbooks, concrete & visual poetry, and performance. poeticsresearchcentre.wordpress.com
Poetry, prose, interdisciplinary projects and anthologies. London press, founded 2019 by publisher and editor Jess Chandler, co-founder of Test Centre and House Sparrow Press. prototyepublishing.co.uk
Berlin-based press of English artist, editor and translator Malcolm Green. Artist’s books, postcards, prints and Seedy CDs. Fluxus, pataphysics, founding member of the Dieter Roth Academy. Celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Founded by writer Judy Kravis and artist Peter Morgan in 1992 on a hill in Ireland. Solo and collaborative works. Fluid, adventurous and diverse.
Based in Margate, Richard Roberts makes artists’ books using letterpress, lithography and screenprinting. Satires and celebrations of different aspects of contemporary culture.
Images, objects, books and ephemera, documenting observations and misreadings within everyday life. Currently based in South London.
Editor, publisher and translator Tony Frazer founded Shearsman magazine in 1981, shortly followed by Shearsman Books. Oxfordshire-based, the imprint publishes poetry and poetry-related essays and literary criticism.
Steven J Fowler
London-based writer, poet and performer. Widely published by imprints that reflect the strength and diversity of British small press publishing. Subject of last year’s Small Publishers Fair exhibition. stevenjfowler.com
An occasional publisher of experimental, esoteric, accidental and interdisciplinary literatures; cousin to the magazine Hotel. Edited by Dominic J. Jaeckle, designed by Traven T. Croves. Based London and Bristol.
The Caseroom Press
Barrie Tullett and Philippa Wood’s publishing collective explores the function and format of the book through collaborations with illustrators, designers, painters, poets, sculptors and musicians. the-case.co.uk
The Photobook Project
Founded in 2015 by creative practitioner Ellie Robinson-Carter. A project enabling communities of people living with dementia to make photobooks documenting their lives and experiences.
Publisher of contemporary concrete and visual poetry and other forms of expression at the crossroads between the literary and visual arts. Editor Joakim Norling is based in Malmö, Sweden.
Begun in 2011 by Colin Sackett as an imprint for the visual and literary arts, cultural geography and history, music and bibliographic studies. Based in Axminster, Devon.
Books combine photographic image and printing to explore visual narrative and themes of place and the natural world. Founded in the 1970s and run by artist Helen Douglas from Yarrow, Scotland.
William Allen Word & Image
Specialist in artists books and archives; small press publishing, concrete and visual poetry, conceptual and mail art from European and South American avant-gardes.