Oxford Guild of Printers


Ephemera on Show

We are repeating this initiative and active Guild members are requested to start making-ready now. An example of your printing offers an opportunity to share your printing enthusiasms with fellow members. The size should be a single leaf to fit an A5 envelope; there is no topic or restriction on content. 120 copies need to be delivered to me by 28 February; they will then be circulated to all members with the April Newsletter. There is no competitive element; it is an opportunity to display that favourite font or illustration and to generally make a good impression.

Please advise me in advance if you expect to participate – it will be very helpful…

Peter White, Bouncing Acre Press, 68 Cross Oak Rd, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HZ. Email: whitepj@btconnect.com; Telephone: 01442 866223.

OGP Printing Press Film Project

DVD Arab Platen Press with Master Printer Graham Moss of the Incline Press.

Out of the need of a member to learn how to use the press he had just bought emmerged the idea to record emminent printers demonstrating the use of various presses. The first of these, filmed by Brian Clarke, features Graham Moss of Incline Press using the Anglo-American Arab Press. The DVD is available to buy: £10 (£5 to OGP members) + £2 postage available from the Chairman.

OGP Private Press Prize

A prize of £100 is to be awarded to the book or booklet that, in the opinion of the judges, best represents the spirit of private press printing and publishing.


  • Printed letterpress
  • 8 or more pages
  • Published since the last Fine Press Fair
  • Costing £50 or less

Entrants do not have to be exhibiting at the Fair (nor members of the OGP).


Liz Adams ~ Susan Allix ~ Christabel Hardacre

An account of this inaugural prize (to be repeated in 2015) by Liz Adams, one of the judges, follows:

The Guild’s first Private Press Prize attracted a healthy amount of interest, with the judges retiring to the Lecture Theatre clutching more than two dozen entries. After an initial run through the serious business of whittling down the competition began. We considered each entry according to a number of elements including the quality of the printing, the design and layout, the binding, the materials used and, not least, the content itself. Whilst admiring the many hours of work put into each entry, we were pleased to give the prize to Rosemary Roberts of The Celtic Cross Press. We hope next year to repeat the process, and will be asking members to volunteer to judge the prize. If anyone is interested, please let me know. Liz Adams

Short Story Competition

As long ago as 2009 the Committee decided to sponsor a short story competition, the winning entry to be printed letterpress in a limited edition as the prize.

Dr John Ballam, of the Department of Creative Writing at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education was an enthusiastic supporter of the project from the start, becoming responsible for its promotion. The competition was open to all students, past and present of OUDCE and University student; the entrants should not have had fiction previously published: the work should be limited to 2000 words.

All entries were sent to the Chairman and forwarded anonymously to Dr Ballam who, together fellow judges, made a judgement. There were over 120 stories submitted, several of a very high standard. By the end of July a winner was announced: Louise Irhinger for her story It’s Unfortunate for the Ants.

The book was designed and printed by John Grice of Evergreen Press, typeset by Stan Lane of Gloucester Typesetting Services in the autumn and casebound by Patrick Roe of the Fine Book Bindery this spring. The Guild is most grateful to these members for their contribution towards a fine production.

At the time a writing a presentation to the winner is planned perhaps in May.

Copies of the book are for sale.

Typeset in Monotype Dante by Stan Lane, designed and printed by John Grice and bound by Patrick Roe on Magnani paper. 150 copies

Price £30 (£22 to Guild Members) Available from the Chairman, Dr Miles Wigfield.

Ants book Ants title page The winner

Louise with John Grice examining the tied-up type for the sheets.

John, Stan and Louise

Louise with John & Stan Lane (Gloucester Typesetting Services) discussing the final layout.