Spineless Wonders is a network of artists, writers, academics and librarians, creating and researching small press publications including artists books. We are based in the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL; Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies; department of Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University; and department of English, Dundee University; UCL Small Press, Modernism, Rare Book and Manuscript collections; Senate House Library, University of London; and other university and public libraries.
Activities and Events: October 2022 onwards
We are organising a number of research events over the coming academic year with a range of presentations and speakers focussing on specific research themes and delving into university and public collections. These public events will take place with live participants based in a number of locations and linked together online by Zoom.
- 21 October 2022: Zines: Reading, Preserving, Making: Queer Reading Group; Zines: In/Out: the Institutional Dilemma, panel discussion; Manchester Poetry Library tour; Zines workshop; online via Zoom.
This year’s research themes focus on forms of Script – inscription, scriptorium, scripture, prescription – and forms of publication including Zines, ephemera, artists books, stone carvings and performance, framed through the diversity of languages across the 4 Nations of the UK.
The programme, which includes live events, installations and exhibitions, online discussions, workshops and reading groups is currently being developed and Eventbrite booking will be available soon.
Further resources are available in our Knowledge Base.
From November 2021 - May 2022, we organised three one-day research events with a range of presentations and speakers focussing on specific research themes and delving into marginalised university and public collections. These public events took place with live participants based in a number of locations and linked together online by Zoom.
- November 12 2021: Small Press Artists Books; and Introduction to the Global Book; Materials, Materiality and Process (Tickets via Eventbrite)
- February 18 2022: Community Presses; Multilingualism and Translation; Ephemera and the Environment
- May 13 2022: Queer Publishing; Digital forms of the Book and Archive; Roundtable and making a Global Book
These research events aimed to address issues of the history and unique relevance of small press publications and ephemera, in particular those without a spine, Spineless Wonders. We made links to Egyptian papyri, inscribed stones, scrolls and medieval manuscripts, including a range of languages - Persian, Coptic and Hebrew, and looked at the relation between material and digital publication.
These events were also framed within the Slade 150th Anniversary Year including works and presentations by Slade alumni. The spring session was followed by the Slade Small Press Project, February 19, 2022 featuring student publications, generated by Slade Printmaking and Poetry Shed workshops.
- June 21 2021: Spineless Spotlights: Pamphlets from Senate House Library’s Collections online via the Institute of English Studies, University of London