Make a book


Make a book

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  Thursdays: 18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 8 February, 22 February, 29 February, 7 March, 14 March 2024

  5.30pm – 8.30pm

 At the Bodleian Old Library

 £500 (concessions £450), places limited

This course is 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 you will have made 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.

The course dates are: 18 January, 25 January, 1 February, 8 February, 22 February, 29 February, 7 March and 14 March 2024.


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

 Tickets and booking information

Standard ticket: £500
Concession ticket (Oxford University and Oxford Brookes students, GLAM staff and volunteers): £450

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

This course is fully booked.


Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

The class will meet in the printing workshop, Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library. The room is accessible via a ground-floor entrance. Please report to the Bodleian Library Great Gate, accessed from Catte Street, upon arrival.

 Wheelchair access

The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.

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