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Jan 14 2021 19:00 - 21:00
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With Becky Chilcott, Dave Crossland, Tom Etherington, Alistair Hall, Sophie Hawkey-Edwards, Andrew Long, Simon Loxley, Sarah Pasquali, Vaibhav Singh and Kath Tudball.

14 January 2021


Online via Zoom

Tickets £5, £3 for concessions/students/Friends of St Bride

The St Bride Library first opened its doors to readers in November 1895 and was quickly established as one of the world’s most significant collections of books, artefacts and ephemera on printing, typography, paper-making and the graphic arts. It has been inspiring creatives for 125 years, and the first lecture in our anniversary series celebrates this.

From attending lectures and engaging with our fantastic community, to getting inky in our print workshop or getting lost in the stacks researching in the Library itself, join Becky Chilcott, Dave Crossland, Tom Etherington, Alistair Hall, Sophie Hawkey-Edwards, Andrew Long, Simon Loxley, Sarah Pasquali, Vaibhav Signh and Kath Tudball to hear how St Bride has inspired them and keep its legacy running for the next 125 years.

Please note, you will be supplied with a Zoom link via email on the day of the talk.

Becky Chilcott works as Design Manager at Macmillan Children’s Books part-time and freelances for a variety of clients, including UCLan Publishing where she is Art Director. Becky also lectures on the MA Publishing course at the University of Central Lancashire and volunteers as Events Curator at the St Bride Library organising talks like this one!

Dave Crossland is a type designer and lead program manager for the Google Fonts team, where he has commissioned hundreds of typefaces for over a dozen writing systems. Before moving to New York City, he grew up in Dorset and studied Interaction Design at Ravensbourne College and Typeface Design the University of Reading.

Tom Etherington splits his time between working in-house for Penguin and other freelance design projects. He has designed books for authors including Greta Thunberg, Brian Cox, Grayson Perry and Paris Lees. Other clients and collaborators include The New York Times, Fantastic Man, Peter Saville and Granta. He is art director of The Happy Reader, a bookish magazine.

Alistair Hall runs his own award-winning graphic design studio, We Made This. He's also Art Director of Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, and co-founder of the children’s writing centre hidden within it – the Ministry of Stories. Alistair’s first book, London Street Signs, was recently published by Batsford. | |

Sophie Hawkey-Edwards is the St Bride Foundation Librarian in which capacity she oversees the Library, learning programme and related fundraising activities. She was previously Library and Learning Manager at Conway Hall Humanist Library and Creative Team Leader for West Dunbartonshire Council. Way back in the mists of time she was a Young People's Librarian and can therefore sing, dance, talk like a pirate and fettle thrilling objects d'art from sticky back plastic and broken forks.

Andrew Long is the apprentice in the St Bride Print Workshop, where he works closely with Mick Clayton and the St Bride Chapel learning about the history of letterpress and producing prints for the Foundation. Andrew also works as a letterpress technician at London College of Communication. |

Simon Loxley is a graphic designer and writer, the author of Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts and a World in Motion (2019), Type is Beautiful: The Story of Fifty Remarkable Fonts (2016), Believe Me, I Am: Selected Letters of Frederic Warde, 1921–1939 (2015), Printer’s Devil: The Life and Work of Frederic Warde (2013), and Type: The Secret History of Letters (2004). He designs and edits Ultrabold, the journal of St Bride Library – from 2006 to 2016, and from 2020 until some point in the future. |

Sarah Pasquali (aka Pq or Pasquali, due to the enduring popularity of her first name) is a Lead Graphic Designer who has worked in Film and Television for over 25 years. Her more recent credits include Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, Paddington 2 and The End of the F***ing World 2.

Vaibhav Singh is an independent researcher, typographer, and typeface designer. He is the editor and publisher of the journal Contextual Alternate, and one half of the design studio Typeland. He has held two Felix scholarships and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Reading, and is currently chairman of the Printing Historical Society. |

Katherina Tudball is an award winning Creative Director with clients such as BBC Two and Shakespeare’s Globe. She began her career at johnson banks, later joined The Partners, and now leads a creative team at Superunion London. In 2016 she was elected by D&AD’s members to serve for three years as a design trustee. A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Katherina has a keen interest in design education, working with D&AD New Blood to promote emerging creative talent, and is a regular visiting lecturer, external examiner and advisory board member for a number of UK arts universities. |

Part of our ‘Celebrating 125 Years of St Bride Library’, this lecture series has kindly been sponsored by:


Commercial Type

Eye Magazine

Eric de Bellaigue

Jerry Wright

Just Another Foundry 

Klim Type Foundry

Lexon GB, Creative & Innovative Print

Mayor of London

Medioto - Graphics & Animation

Peter Longland


Type By

Usborne Publishing

and The Wynkyn de Worde Charitable Trust who have sponsored students and recent graduates across the UK to attend this lecture. 


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


St Bride Foundation St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EE London


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