Make a book

An ink roller with red ink lying on a page of red ink


Make a book

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  Wednesdays: 18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 15 February, 22 February, 1 March, 8 March, 15 March 2023

  5.30pm – 8.30pm

 Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library

 £500 (concessions £450), places limited

This course is now fully booked.

About this course

This course is designed to teach skills to make an illustrated book: typesetting, linocut printmaking, Risograph and book-binding. Over eight sessions you will design your own book and both learn and apply these skills, ending up with your own illustrated, printed and bound book.

On the course you will learn:

  • How to design a book
  • Illustration approaches and planning
  • Linocut print preparation
  • Printing on a Risograph machine
  • Case binding and Japanese stab binding

As well as learning these skills in the workshop space inside the library, you will be supported in learning from the collections in the Bodleian Library, including the collection of artist’s books. At a planning session in the Weston Library, you will discuss and explore your approach to making a book, while viewing historic and contemporary examples from the collections.

At the end of the course we will aim to make one hand-bound copy and a couple of soft-bound copies. We will provide all materials, but you do need to come with an idea for your book.

Explore special collections.


Robin Wilson and Rosie Fairfax-Cholmeley (Wytham Studio) and Julia Utreras (Common Books).

 Admission and booking information

Standard ticket: £500
Concession ticket (Bodleian Libraries staff, students, and Friends of the Bodleian): £450

When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG. The room is accessible via a ground-floor entrance in the Old Schools Quadrangle.

 Wheelchair access

The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.

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