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 not more than ten 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 second half of 2019 is below.





Binding with Mark Cockram

Mark Cockram


Saturday, 17 August

Book repair and restoration

Marysa de Veer

Thursday, 19 and Saturday, 21 September

(Same content each day)

Box workshop


Many of you have already enjoyed working with John and this is an opportunity for you to either learn a new type of box or continue in a workshop with John’s assistance to develop a box for a current project.


If you want to work on your own project, please bring in a book or other content.


Suitable for beginners and intermediates

John Green

 Saturday, 19 October 

Cut, fold and layer


Artists talk & workshop

Clare will give an illustrated talk about her work which involves the manipulation and cutting of paper. This will be followed by a workshop where you can experiment with paper scoring, creasing and folding to create several one sheet, concertina and slotted book structures.


Suitable for beginners and those with previous experience

 Clare Bryan




Saturday, 16 and Sunday, 17 November


Millimetre binding


This two-day course will introduce you to millimetre binding which was first developed in post-war years in Europe when leather was too expensive to use on a regular basis for total binding of a book.


There are several styles of this binding which uses a very fine strip of leather edge at the top, bottom or spine of a book. This produces a robust but very delicate and stylish finish to your book.


Experience is required and attendance on both days is necessary to complete the task
 David Mills

Each Training costs £45 per day payable in advance  (£35 for Full Club Members and current Winchester trainees). Your place is not confirmed until payment is received. 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.

Eliza Bruml

Eliza originally trained as a horticulturist, specialising in Landscape Design. After spending many years working in book publishing and then web design she then studied for a City Guilds qualification in Creative Embroidery which included work with paper and book making. She had finally found her niche and studied book binding at Morley College, Red Hot Press and City Lit. She has a specific interest in combining traditional techniques with new technologies. Her work uses digital design and laser cutting to produce hand-made books, often in combination with embroidery and letterpress, and Eliza looks forward to sharing these innovative techniques.

Clare Bryan 

Clare studied Graphic Design at Salisbury College of Art (1983-87) and worked in the industry for several years before returning to study Printmaking and Bookbinding at Croydon College of Art (1994-96) and then an MA in Bookarts at Camberwell College of Art (1997-98). She is a member of ‘FOLD’, a group of four artists working with a combined interest in print and book arts. Combining Teaching and Small Press work she currently teaches at various London colleges and works for and often collaborates with other artists making artists books & boxes.

She has exhibited widely throughout the UK with work in various public and private collections including Yale Centre for British Art, The Government Art Collection and The Tate.

Tracey Bush

Tracey is a paper artist who works with the artist's book form, Her work is held in International collections, such as the Tate Gallery, Bodleian Library, Winchester School of Art Library, and the Yale Centre for British Art, etc.

In 2014 several of her artist's books were featured in the museum show' Of Green leaf, bird and flower, artists books and the natural world' at the Yale Centre for British Art, USA. In 2016 Tracey was artist in residence at the Publisher Hub, Winchester School of Art where she experimented with risograph printing to produce the artsit's book 'Dusk' which in 2017 won the J.Hewit award for excellence in Design (SOB) and the second open choice prize in the annual Designer Bookbinders competition. Tracey is an experienced educator and has delivered workshops at the Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Library, West Dean College and the Barbican Centre.

Nick Cowlishaw

Nick served a six year hand bookbinding apprenticeship and has been a professional bookbinder ever since, with 50 years of experience in the craft.
He taught craft bookbinding at the London College of Printing for 18 years, and part time at Morley College London for a further 14 years.

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.

David Nye
David began amateur bookbinding activities when he retired and joined a group of volunteers in the Admiralty Library in Portsmouth Naval Base. A professional book conservator, Caroline Bendix, trained the volunteers to carry out assessments, cleaning and basic repair, and then additional skills including box making. Other short courses followed with skilled binders and monthly lessons with the wonderful Maureen Duke.

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,
6 Jan 2019, 09:56