Well, time is flying by. I can’t believe it was December I said I’d be reading Conversations On The Coast as the next book club book! Who else has read it? As you can see, my copy is a little bit worse-for-wear already from tumbling about the handbag.
The book is made up of a series of interviews with artisans and makers from around the British Isles, and punctuated by beautiful, minimalist photography. The stories were gathered by Nick Hand as he cycled his custom built letterpress printing bike around the coastline. It was an absolute joy to read and left me feeling all warm and fuzzy, and a little bit patriotic! The skills and obvious passion that Nick discovered in nooks and crannies around the UK is truly inspirational.
What with the kind of crafts I practice, I expected to be most interested in the interviews with the letterpress printer and paper maker, but I actually had my heart stolen by a painter and lobster pot maker, and a 72 year old stick maker!
You can listen to all of the interviews from the book plus a load more on the Slow Coast website, but I still highly recommend reading the book. I finished it in two sittings, but I know I’ll return to it and lend it out again and again.
You can buy Conversations on the Coast from The Department of Small Works.
Up next for Inky Book Club…
The Challenger’s Almanac
Following a slight theme here, with another book of curated interviews and stories from makers and creatives, this time from around the globe. People from the inventor of Sugru, and the creator of NaturePaint, to the owners of Stranger Collective and the founder of It’s Nice That.
After flicking through its pages, I can not WAIT to get started.
You can buy a copy from the Challenger’s Almanac online shop for £25. It’s on the pricey side but it’s a hefty book and when you think of the amount of time that has gone into putting all of these stories together, well, I think it’s well worth it.
See you back here in June for the next book!
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