Make a book: five-day course

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Make a book: five-day course

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  18, 19, 22, 23 and 24 July 2022

  9am – 5pm (weekdays) & 10.30am–4pm (weekends)

 Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library

 £400 (concessions £350), places limited

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About this course

This course is designed to teach the three skills needed to make an illustrated book: typesetting, linocut printmaking and book-binding. Over the five days you will design your own book and both learn and apply these skills, ending up with your own illustrated book, printed and bound book by yourself.

On the course you will learn:

  • Day 1: Book design and illustration planning
  • Day 2, 3, 4: Linocut print preparation, typesetting, printing of text and images
  • Day 5: Book Binding

We will aim to make one hand-bound copy and a couple of soft-bound copies (the exact number may depend on the accuracy of your printing!). The type of binding will be decided on Day 1 in your book-designing session. We teach case binding and Japanese stab binding.  We will provide all materials, but you do need to come with an idea for your book. We will discuss your book plan with you on the first day, ensuring that your plan can be completed in the 5 days.

If you have any questions, please do contact us.

Age 18 and over. All materials are provided, no previous experience necessary.


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

The class will meet in the printing workshop, Schola Musicae, Bodleian Library. The room is accessible via a ground-floor entrance in the Old Schools Quadrangle.

 Wheelchair access

The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.


Standard ticket: £400
Concession ticket (Bodleian Libraries staff, students, Friends of the Bodleian): £350


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