The Oxford Literary Festival
The Space Between 
the Letters 30 March 2017 Bodleian Library Publishing arranged for me to speak at the Oxford Literary Festival to promote Type is Beautiful. I divided the talk into an introduction, then a piece on four of the 50 faces featured in the book: Pouchée’s 18 Lines No.2, Arnold Böcklin, Lushootseed and Garamond. The venue was the Weston Library, across the road from the Bodleian; we had a good turnout, and most of the copies the publisher brought along were sold, with some signings. My thanks to Juliet Shen and Dave Sienko for supplying extra pictures for the Lushootseed section.
A talk for the Friends of St Nicholas Church, Chiswick
The Brilliant Parade: Inspiration into print, Chiswick and Hammersmith 1809–1982 19 October 2017 St Nicholas Church, at the western end of Chiswick Mall, which runs along the north bank of the Thames, can boast the tombs of both William Hogarth and James McNeill Whistler in its yard and the adjacent cemetery. I’ve been asked to give a talk in aid of the Friends’ fundraising for the Church, on the printers and graphic designers of the area.
Harry Ransom Center Fellowship

23 October to 21 November 2017


I have been awarded a fellowship by the Harry Ransom Center, which is based at

the University of Austin in Texas, to study their archive of material related to Emery Walker. As a result of my work with Emery Walker House, I had been trying to locate

as much as I could of his surviving correspondence, and discovered that the bulk of it had been sold to the HRC in the 1970s and 1980s.


My contact there, Elizabeth Garver, who had been very helpful when I was researching Frederic Warde, drew my attention to the fellowship programme and suggested I apply. Some of Walker’s diaries, and many related papers, are there too, so it should be an interesting research trip, and to somewhere I’ve never been to before.

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