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The Curse of Fleet Street

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The Curse of Fleet Street

From GBP 5.00

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Date

Jan 18 2024 18:45 - 20:30

Description

Date: Thursday 18 January 2024

Location: St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom

In-person times (GMT):
Doors/bar: 6.15pm
Talk starts: 7pm
Talk ends: 8.30pm
In-person tickets: £8.50, £11, £13

Online time (GMT): 7.00–8.30pm
Online tickets: £5, £7
Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm GMT on the day of the talk.

Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards will discuss, in a rambling and discursive manner, some ways in which letterpress printing might be used in ways which may horrify printers.

Learn how the desktop publishing revolution of the late 20th century led inevitably to the establishment of the Glastonbury Free Press, and many other instances of irresponsibility, carelessness and stupidity performed by Mr Donwood and his various collaborators.

There will be many digressions, multiple threads lost and countless meanings mangled.

You will not learn anything from this event.

Stanley Donwood has worked with Radiohead since 1994. His evocative and haunting imagery has created their distinctive visual identity. He has created the official artwork for Glastonbury Festival since 2002 and he has worked with Robert Macfarlane and Dan Richards on the Faber bestseller Holloway and art directed the film the bomb produced by Eric Schlosser and Smriti Keshari, as well as countless book covers and numerous other projects. www.slowlydownward.com

Dan Richards is a writer and broadcaster. He is co-author of Holloway (with Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood), and the author of The Beechwood Airship Interviews, Climbing Days, and Outpost. He has written for publications including the Guardian, Economist, Esquire, and Monocle. Overnight, a book exploring the nocturnal world, is set to be published by Canongate in 2025. www.instagram.com/dan_zep/

Organiser

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 library@sbf.org.uk.

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.

Venue

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

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