Training Days

The Training Days at the Southern Bookcrafts Club are intended for all levels of experience and ability
although a basic understanding of bookbinding will be beneficial. They are normally limited to a maximum of eight students and take place at our Bindery in Winchester (Hampshire).
Full details for finding the bindery are on the 'Contact us and links' page.

A list of previous Training Days is here.

The Schedule for the the second half of 2018 is below.




Saturday, 15 September

Boxes, rounded spine, 
Self-supporting cradle

John Green

Saturday, 6 October

Non-adhesive paper binding

Arthur Green

Saturday, 17 November

Further adventures in paper conservation

The workshop will cover repairing a board corner of a book as a demonstration and part exercise. There will also be a 'refresher' on repairing tears, missing areas and detached pages of textblocks, with time at the end for discussion of any personal projects or questions.

Sonia Bradford

Saturday, 15 December

Album making

In this session John will follow the syllabus for Unit 119 of  City & Guilds Level 1 qualification as an introduction to album making.

John Green

Each Training costs £45 per day (payable in advance). There will often be an additional charge  (typically £5.00 - £10.00 per person) payable at each session directly to the Tutor for materials etc. Some tutors may also bring relevant tools, materials for sale.

For all Training Days, if possible, please bring simple tools including craft knife, metal straightedge, bone folder & apron.

It's most convenient if you bring your own packed lunch. Coffee, Tea and biscuits are provided free, and a Microwave is available.

All courses take place at the club’s bindery in Winchester and run from 10:00 to about 16:30

The Application Form for all Training Days is attached below (at bottom of page, after details of Tutors. (Click on down arrow to download the form).

For more information please contact the Club’s Secretary/Course Registrar, Sonia Brown, on tel. 07980 917745 email

Our Tutors

Kathy Abbott

Kathy served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained an HND from the London College of Printing, followed by a BA (Hons) Bookbinding from Roehampton University.
Kathy is a partner of Benchmark Bindery, set up in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge.
She teaches Advanced level Fine Binding at the City Lit, London and conducts many workshops across the UK.
Kathy is a founder member of the group: Tomorrow's Past and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010.

Sonia Bradford

Sonia is a professional paper and book conservator who gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Books and Library Material at West Dean College. Currently she is working at the Conservation Unit of the University of Southampton.

Christine Gibbs

Chris runs Griffen Mill - one of the few surviving handmade mills still in full time production in Europe. The Mill specialises in making archival quality handmade paper for bookbinders & conservators .

Arthur Green

Arthur is an independent Book Conservator with particular interest in the history of the book. After five years working as a trade bookbinder he graduated with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2008. Following internships at The Leather Conservation Centre and The British Library Arthur worked for the Oxford Conservation Consortium, he then spent over five years working at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Arthur has published on bookbinding and conservation and started teaching in 2012. In 2016 he established his own
conservation studio in Oxfordshire (now moved to
Hanley Swan, Worcestershire).

Martin Frost
Martin is the last commercial fore edge painter in the UK (
the craft was made popular in the 18th century). A trained artist and designer Martin demonstrates the art of painting on the fanned pages of a book so that nothing is visible until you fan the pages releasing the hidden secret of the illustration.

John Green

John is one of the most experienced bookbinders in our club, having studied extensively at Morley College, London over many years. He leads the 13 week Introductory Courses for those new to bookbinding and now also runs some of our Training Days.

Kate Holland
Kate is a multi-award winning Fellow of Designer Bookbinders specialising in contemporary fine bindings to commission or for exhibition. She has books in many public and private collections around the world and, in 2015, was commissioned to bind a title from the Man Booker shortlist. Examples of her work are on her web site.

Paul Johnson
Paul was senior lecturer in art education at Manchester Metropolitan University before becoming self-employed in the book arts. Author of sixteen books including A Book of One’s Own, and Literacy Through the Book Arts, he continues to run workshops in the UK and USA although now semi-retired. For his work in the book arts he received the Colophon Award from the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, and the Portnall Award from the UK Society of Bookbinders.

Gene Mahon

Gene is a hand bookbinder and conservator of art on paper and books. After an earlier career as a designer/art director, he trained as a conservator at Camberwell College of Art. He was active in the Society of Bookbinders through the '90s and taught bookbinding at an adult education institute in London for around 10 years. He continues to give workshops in the regions for the SoB.

David Mills

Served apprenticeship in a stationery Binders while taking his City and Guilds in Advanced Craft. Attended Camberwell School of Arts and Craft Bookbinding course and taught at the London School of Printing. Studied a MA in History of Art concerned with Book Arts. His work is found in Tate Britain and the V & A Artist Book collection. Runs Sundial Bookbinders and teaches at Morley College in London.

Linda and Steven Orriss

Linda and Steven run a small bookbinding business in Woking (Orriss Bookbinders) - Linda specialising in repairs and Steven in fine bookbinding and finishing.   Linda also works part-time for Otter Bookbinding and Steven works as a forwarder for the Chelsea Bindery.

Janine Pope

Primarily a textile artist, but Janine is also trained in bookbinding. Her speciality is drawing, print and stitch. Previous winner of the SoB's annual competition for 'Best overall book by an amateur bookbinder'. See her web site.

Dieter Räder

Dieter has been binding books for the past 35 years, After a full bookbinding apprenticeship in Germany he worked in Marseilles and Vienna before moving to the UK. In the early nineties he opened his own bindery in Somerset which he ran for over eighteen years. For six years he then established and managed the new fine binding and restoration department of a commercial bindery in London. He has now started a new bindery and letterpress in Wiltshire ( )
Dieter’s clients range from individual private collectors and booksellers to major university libraries, museums, and the Royal Collection.

Freya Scott

Freya works as a freelance commercial and theatre photographer and bookbinder. She is currently working with Otter Bookbinding as a bookbinder and in-house photographer. She is also a tutor with The Wiltshire Barn Project .

Rachel Ward-Sale

A Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, Rachel works as a self employed bookbinder, undertaking a wide variety of projects. Although a large proportion of her current work involves the repair and rebinding of old books, she has a strong interest centred on the creation of designed bindings.

Robert Pattison,
14 Jan 2018, 02:43