Booklover’s Bath

A book artist’s tour of Bath.

18 – 21  September 2024

Explore this elegant British literary city through a book lover’s eyes, stepping into a world of paper and ink.

Focus on noting your observations down in a journal you have made, guided by the unique perspective of The Travelling Bookbinder.

Learn to write in charming copperplate with a letterpress printer.

Sew books together with linen thread.

Visit emporium of the bound word; bookshops, a printers and a bindery.

Take away a Commonplace Book of your experience.

An intimate group. Maximum six places.


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Wednesday 6 September


Meet Rachel for pre-dinner drinks and introductions at 6pm, for an hour. We’ll get acquainted, discuss schedules, supplies and possibilities.

Thursday 7 September


Once we’re settled into our workshop studio, via a swoon in Persephone Books downstairs, paper folding will begin.

Through the meditative process of dividing a sheet into sections, marking, pricking and sewing, you’ll bind a practice structure this morning.

We’ll introduce the idea of a Commonplace Book as a way to record and digest information. The City of Bath; our particular interests; sensations; quotes; tickets; notes – everything is a rich resource.

An afternoon visit to George Bayntun’s, a world famous bindery, founded in 1829, for a short bookish tour.

Rounding off our first full day by finishing at Mr.B’s for some (more) book-buying.

Bath columns
Friday 8th September


Meet outside Persephone Books at 9:30 for a stroll to an amazing letterpress studio for a bespoke calligraphy workshop.

Learn how to use a dip pen with a flexible nib, make basic strokes, and form letters in a distinctive copperplate style.

Everything that you need will be provided. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have the skills to begin writing confidently in beautiful script lettering.

An afternoon addressing pen to paper, with line drawings and text, flamboyant or neat, according to your character.

Saturday 9th September


A prompt ten o’clock start to concentrate on arranging, embellishing and editing, punctuated only by elevenses and lunch.

Bind pages together with a rhythm of stitching and conversation.

Celebratory tea party for sharing creations and future plans.


Please Note

We’ll meet at 6pm for an hour on Wednesday.

On Thursday and Saturday we’ll start at 10am and finish around 5pm. On Friday, an earlier meeting time of 9:30 allows us to walk to our calligraphy class.

All materials are provided. Please bring scissors, an A3 cutting mat, a 30cm (12 inch) metal ruler and a scalpel.

Please come prepared to walk, and let us know if that is problematic. The workshop is based up a flight of stairs, in a first floor room.

Tea, coffee and motivating morsels are included, but lunch is not. Thank you for advising about your dietary requirements regarding buns and biscuits.

Find information about where to stay here.

This course can be purchased as a gift. Please let us know the recipient’s details in the ‘additional information’ box at check out.

Please read the terms and conditions before booking and e-mail with any queries.


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