I’m very happy to announce that my new publication, Lectolalia (a romance), has just been published by Gordian Projects.
The text, together with an accompanying short film of the same name, was created for the Leeds College of Art & Design ‘Library Interventions’ residencies, wherein artists are invited to respond to the library and its collections. (You can view the film at the bottom of the page). I undertook a free-associative drift through the stacks, selecting books intuitively by heft, texture and appearance, in order to enter into a immersive / sensory / sensual experience of handling and reading that frames reading and writing as an affair of the heart. Fragments of phrases taken from the books that I encountered are incorporated into the work. In a performance of the draft text I invited the audience to annotate the manuscript, and these annotations are included in the publication as endnotes, as is a bibliography of the books pulled from the shelves.
This bespoke, signed, and hand-numbered first edition of 150 copies is published by Gordian Projects in association with Leeds College of Art & Design and is priced at £10.00 plus post and packaging. Typeset in Perpetua and Perpetua Titling, and printed on pearl grey paper, the edition is hand-stitched, and issued with hand-printed covers and contrasting dust jackets in multiple colour combinations. (You can see a full gallery of the book on the Gordian Projects website here). Please note that the press cannot accept requests for specific colours, but when ordering your copy you are invited to choose one word from each of the three following pairs and type these into the ‘additional information for seller’ option on the PayPal form:
bright / neutral
warm / cool
dark / pale
Your word choices will be the starting point for the colour combinations used for your copy. Alternatively, you can leave this selection blank and we will choose for you.
View the publication’s companion short film here: