Update: We'll be upstairs in the Cutter Inn because so many of you want to come along!
Gordon Chesterman and Phil Treble will be joining us to talk about the art of letterpress printing, running through the history of letterpress and why it's so important.
They'll also tell us about the resurgence of the old letterpress printing process and why so many more printers are renovating old, rusty presses to meet the demand for the traditionally printed product. Despite the pressure of new technology in recent decades, letterpress quietly continues to thrive.
Gordon and Phil will bring along lots of samples to pass around and hope to have a working press on show so everyone can try printing themselves. They also created their own poster specially for the event!
Gordon started printing whilst at school and studied at the London College of Printing, after which he joined a company printing banknotes for 80 countries around the world.
After a lengthy break, he took up the hobby again, letterpress printing large posters using old Victorian wooden type and, using a smaller press, tickets, invites, stationery and small books of poems.
Phil (pictured above) trained as a typographer and book designer in the early 90s. Tired of staring at a computer screen, in a mid-life crisis sort of moment, he decided to start letterpress printing.
Three years later with three presses, a converted garage workshop and many drawers of metal type, he now prints and binds books and ephemera using antique letterpress machinery.