Booklover’s Edinburgh

A book artist’s tour of Edinburgh.

11 – 14 January 2024

Explore UNESCO’s first literary city through a book lover’s eyes, stepping into a world of print and ink.

Note your observations in a journal you have made, guided by the unique perspective of The Travelling Bookbinder.

Learn to set type and print your own words.

Sew books together with linen thread.

Visit a stationery specialist, a typewriter emporium and a trove of bookshops.

Take away a bound book of your experience.

An intimate group. Maximum six places.


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Rachel Hazell Edinburgh
Thursday 11 January


Meet Rachel for pre-dinner drinks at the studio, at 6pm, for an hour. We’ll get acquainted, discuss schedules and supplies. Then fold and sew a simple sketchbook journal, for keeping your thoughts together.

Friday 12 January


Gathering at 10am, then once we’re settled into our workshop, 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. This book will have pockets and inserts to fill and customize.

Our chef will deliver soup and baking to fuel the making.

After lunch, an afternoon visit to a specialist stationery company for an exclusive ink-sampling extravaganza and a survey of Edinburgh’s paper past.


Saturday 13th January


Meet at the studio for a 9:30 start! A full morning of learning how to use a tabletop Adana printing press. Prepare a simple printing project by setting a line of your writing, letter by letter, space by space. Once it has registered to print consistently, you’ll make a short run of prints.

Lunch break treats.

An afternoon composing, arranging, writing and sketching.

Excursion to an inimitable typewriter emporium for machine testing and talk.

Sunday 14th January


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.

Scissors and coffee
Old typewriter

Please Note

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

On Friday and Sunday we’ll start at 10am and finish around 5pm. On Saturday, an earlier meeting time of 9:30 allows us to maximise type-setting and printing time, and we’ll finish around five-thirty.

All materials are provided.

Please come prepared to walk, and let us know if that is problematic. The workshop is in a first floor studio, with lift access.

Tea, coffee and vegetarian lunch is included, with biscuits, and cake on our last afternoon together. Thank you for advising about your dietary requirements when booking.

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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