Independent Publishers Book Fair
Bank Street Arts
32-40 Bank Street
Sheffield, S1 2DS
Saturday 10 June 2017
Book Fair: 11am – 6pm (admission free)
with a reading/performance by Pete Green at 3pm
Evening event: a reading with Steve McCaffery and
Karen Mac Cormack: 7.30pm (see below for details)
With an emphasis on craft, collaboration, and community, this special one-day event at Sheffield’s Bank Street Arts brings some of our most innovative artists and independent presses together under one roof. The fair will include handmade artists’ books, poetry, fiction, art writing, literary criticism, zines, and much more. A not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and buy some beautiful editions, and to meet the publishers and artists involved.
Short descriptions of the participating publishers appear below; click here for longer descriptions and images.
Publishers taking part in the book fair include:
Rachael Hand (Sheffield)
Rachael Hand’s artists’ books enquire into the relationships between aesthetic properties, embodiment, and meaning, and the idea of the codex as an interface with ‘virtual reality’. @RachaelHandArt
Little Island Press (Stroud, Gloucestershire)
Independent publisher of fiction, poetry and essays, promoting innovative, intellectually ambitious writing, with each book published in an elegant, hardback edition. @L_I_Press
Spirit Duplicator (Sheffield / Doncaster / London)
Founded in 2015, Spirit Duplicator is named after a copier that printed in a purple, cucumber-smelling ink. Its pamphlets and books include The British Esperantist, and are mostly printed using digital, risograph and lithograph. @SDuplicator
Evening poetry reading:
Steve McCaffery and Karen Mac Cormack
introduced by Linda Kemp (enjoy your homes)
Karen Mac Cormack is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry. Titles include Quirks & Quillets, The Tongue Moves Talk, At Issue, Vanity Release, TALE LIGHT: New & Selected Poems 1984–2009, and AGAINST WHITE (Veer Books, London, 2013). Her poems have appeared in such anthologies as Moving Borders, Out of Everywhere, Another Language, Prismatic Publics, and have been translated into French, Portuguese, Swedish and Norwegian. An extended interview with her appears in Scott Thurston’s Talking Poetics (Shearsman, 2011). Born in Zambia, of dual British/Canadian citizenship, she currently lives in the USA and teaches at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Steve McCaffery has been twice nominated for Canada’s Governor General’s Award and is twice recipient of the American Gertrude Stein Prize for Innovative Writing. He is the author of over 40 books and chapbooks of poetry and criticism. An ample selection of his poetic explorations in numerous forms can be savoured in the two volumes of Seven Pages Missing (Coach House Press), as well as Panopticon, Tatterdemalion (Veer Books), Alice in Plunderland (Book Thug), Revanches (Xexoxial), and Parsival (Roof). His book-object-concept A Little Manual of Treason was commissioned for the 2011 Shajah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the sound poetry ensemble Four Horsemen, TRG (Toronto Research Group) and the College of Canadian Pataphysics, and long-time resident of Toronto, he is now David Gray Professor of Poetry and Letters at the University at Buffalo. Born in Jessop’s Hospital Sheffield, he is listed, along with John Ruskin, Margaret Drabble, Eric Clapton and Patrick MacNee, as one of the top 100 people who were born or lived in that city.