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In 1964, a Canadian communication thinker called Marshall McLuhan had the novel idea that it was, in fact, the medium that was the message. When it comes to writing, and writing books, in particular, the medium has changed dramatically since its birth, and perhaps more than ever in the last fifty years. To go from quills to printing pr

Marina Drukman is the designer behind the cover of Conception. We've talked to her about her path into graphic designing and her creative process. How did you get into the arts and what led you to book design? When I was growing up, I kept covering surfaces around me with drawings: napkins, newspapers, walls, notebooks, my hands, et

A good library is a mecca for bibliophiles. A huge depository of books, all free to read, what could be better? Their significance to education and the attainment of knowledge is immeasurable. Even in the ancient world, the Library of Alexandria was revered; and the great scientist, Albert Einstein, once said 'The only thing that you abso

Our latest title, A Saint in Swindon, is a unique book: a collaborative work of fiction based upon an idea created by readers in Swindon, written by prize-winning author Alice Jolly and supported by the Swindon Spring Festival. We thought we’d give you some insight into how this creative union occurred. The basis for this project was

Amanda Weiss is the designer behind our How-to... Modern Living series. We’ve talked to her about her path into graphic designing and her creative process. How did you get into the arts and what led you to book design? I got into art when I was in elementary school, thanks to cartoon shows and anime. Originally, I was planning on

When it comes to books one of the biggest influences on their value is whether or not they are a first edition. We have all heard the term but what exactly does it mean and what are the common misconceptions? First editions are the original publications of a title, the first release if you will. They can vary by country, for example an

Our story of the week is a coming-of-age story about the pressure to fit in, from the writer Alex Learmont. Alex Learmont was born in Scotland in 1942. He then emigrated to Zimbabwe in 1952. Now he resides in Cape Town. Alex was active in film production between 1958 and 2018 as writer/director/cameraman in corporate communication, tra

Are you struggling to write that novel you always dreamed of finishing? Do you have a story that demands to be told? With our hectic lives it can be tough to carve out the time to express ourselves creatively, but there may be a solution. Have you ever considered taking part in a writing retreat? A writing retreat gives you the chance