We Make Books To Be Touched.
Imagine reading a handmade book. Hundreds of thousands of exquisite books are housed in special collections, but rarely get seen.
Our handmade Artists' Books are collected by National Galleries Scotland, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, The National Poetry Library, UCL, Winchester, UCLA and many more, including private collections. But we make them to be touched.
Imagine Artists' Books released into the wild.
We believe, in the centenary years of Modernism, Artist-Writers shouldn't just be producing radical words but radical means of production and distribution.
We want to break the barrier between Artists' Books kept behind closed drawers, and the books readers buy and savour.
Our sales team at Inpress Books Ltd. have made our dream of bringing Artists' Books to readers a tried and tested reality. Support us as we put our paperback Artists' Books in high-street and online booksellers, internationally.
Imagine a landmark in publishing.
Artists' books aren't just exquisite. They are the embodiment of an artistic process.
Last year we took Chris McCabe on this journey with his debut novel, Dedalus. His manuscript became the starting point for realising an artistic vision.
"Of the nearly 200 books I read in 2018 – this must be the most beautifully produced – with Henningham clearly bringing their wider printing and binding skills to their fiction imprint." Graham Fulcher, Book Reviewer and former Judge; Guardian Not The Booker 2018 and Republic of Consciousness Prize 2018
Join us as we resume the journey with Chris McCabe's new novel Mud. The next instalment from poet Chris McCabe's incredible body of work. A novel that moves the literary fiction forward with sculpture and visual poetry.
There will be three versions:
- High-quality Paperback (unlimited)
- Deluxe Hardback, representing a mud type with unique limited edition print (16)
- Deluxe Hardback, representing a mud type, in solander box with unique sculpture (8)
Imagine a book made from the inside out.
An Artists' Book is different. The story determines the shape of the book.
...Borak and Karissa must find a bubble buried in mud, somewhere. Along their way into the Underworld beneath Hampstead Heath to scour the 24 types of mud they are followed by their film crew and its odious Director. As they chance upon bones, bricks and talking Moles, they must restrain themselves from throttling each other. And falling in love all over again...
We have begun a quest with Chris McCabe, parallel to that of his characters underground. Collecting different types of London mud to use as pigments and salvaging a half-brick, involved in a car crash, to use as our printing block; the perfect metaphor for Borak and Kar's relationship. We used the faces of the brick to cast Orphic shapes resembling thresholds, mounds and tunnels of the Underworld. Creating a void. Sculpting with such primitive materials allows the process of making to become really visible.
Go Into The Mud.
In 2018 we published poet Chris McCabe's debut novel. A sequel to James Joyce's Ulysses called Dedalus. The book was phenomenally successful. Longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Publishers 2019, endorsed by Max Porter (Grief Is The Thing With Feathers), Susan Tomaselli (Gorse), and chosen as a book of the week by London Review Bookshop.
"McCabe's invention never flags" - David Collard, Literary Review.
Mud takes our critically acclaimed collaboration with Chris McCabe further.
Mud is a contemporary re-imagining of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, in which Orpheus, the "father of song", goes to the Underworld to fetch his dead wife Eurydice. He looks back, breaking the condition set by Hades and condemning her to return to the grave forever. Mud explores the same themes of love, artistic creation and transience.
Our Groundbreaking Split Editions.
At Henningham Family Press we have a unique publishing process. We take a single high-quality print-run and split it between Paperbacks with hand-finished covers, and a limited edition of completely handmade Artists' Books. Channelling offset lithography from commercial printers through our own hand-bindery.
We replace the conventional editing process with an Artistic Collaboration.
At Henningham Family Press we use Art to answer editorial questions. We have already made eight sculptures of mud types in response to Chris' manuscript. Your pledges will enable us to get the book from our studio into the world. We will:
- Create 16 more fine art prints of mud types
- Collaborate with Chris in our studio on the final pages of the book (typesetting and cover design)
- Print the Paperback version of the book (also distributed to booksellers by Inpress Books Ltd. and NBNi)
- Bind the Hardback version of the book in our studio
- Make solander boxes for the first eight deluxe books, presenting them with their sculpture
All versions of Mud by Chris McCabe will include reproductions of the prints and sculptures made in the creation of the book. The pages are populated with the story, found texts, poems, visual poems, voices and whispers from the catacombs.
In addition, each of the 24 Deluxe Artists' Books takes its name from a different kind of mud and comes with a unique print.
Eight of these handmade copies are presented in a deluxe solander box with a unique original sculpture. A work of art at home on your shelf - discover art objects that don't need display cases or cryptic curators!
About the Author.
Chris McCabe is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Triumph of Cancer (Penned in the Margins). Pharmapoetica, with Maria Vlotides, was shortlisted for The Ted Hughes Award and his plays Shad Thames, Broken Wharf and Mudflats have been performed in Liverpool and London. His non-fiction series, searching for a great lost poet in one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, begins with In the Catacombs (selected as an LRB Bookshop book of the year) and Cenotaph South: Mapping the Lost Poets of Nunhead Cemetery. He co-edited, with Victoria Bean, The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward Publishing, 2015). Dedalus (Henningham Family Press) was LRB Bookshop Book of the Week and longlisted for The Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019.
More About Henningham Family Press.
For 12 years we have made Art & Literature that redefines the act of publication:
- For the WW1 Centenary The National Poetry Library commissioned a solo exhibition of An Unknown Soldier, an exhibition of Artists' Books and Prints.
- Our Performance Publishing stimulates contributions from a hands-on audience. In 2016 ACE funded The Maximum Wage. We led 9 Artists & 300 visitors from diverse backgrounds; making publications composed, printed and distributed live: "Performance combining hectic game-show silliness, satirical bite and economic critique" The Times Literary Supplement
- In 2018 we joined Inpress Books. Their sales team place our Split Editions of Now Legwarmers, Pascal O'Loughlin (endorsed by Marian Keyes & Ali Smith) and Dedalus, Chris McCabe with booksellers.
Risks and challenges
You will be funding the process of composition. For a guide as to whether or not you will like the completed books you can see the proofs and sculptures above, and our previous work at henninghamfamilypress.co.uk
Unique items subject to availability as follows, first come first choice.
In Solander Box: Mind Mud, Resolute Mud, Slippery Mud, Branched Mud, Mound Mud, Grave Mud, Public Mud, Private Mud.
Deluxe Hardback: Mood Mud, Slimy Mud, Thin Mud, Rich Mud, Dead Mud, Fun Mud, Ashen Mud, Black Mud, Crumbly Mud, Boggy Mud, Fertile Mud, Soupy Mud, Frozen Mud (and three as yet undiscovered muds).
There could conceivably be delays of up to one month on delivery of any item. However, we think these are unlikely. We are using a tried and tested production method and we have communicated with partners to find about their Brexit planning.
There's a very slim chance materials might be discontinued.
Daed Mud Reward: The curdled milk photograph will be made during a festival this summer, and may be supplied later.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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