All of my books are designed, edited, printed and published in the UK. Where ever I can I will use paper that is not harmful to the environment. The printers I use are local - an old family firm.
Café Royal make short run artists books. I offer artists a blank space within which to work. CRB publications are a testing ground for ideas that would perhaps otherwise not be published; or can be used as a space to display work in a new context, potentially for a new audience. I often publish work that develops new ways of thinking about existing material or language. I am very much interested in change and documenting that change, whatever it might be. Currently I'm working on a series of books which from various aspects examine Britain and Britishness.
I publish between 15 ad 25 titles annually, as editions of 100 - 150.
Café Royal titles are available to buy world-wide and are collected by many major international museums and galleries. Details are below.
I founded Café Royal in 2006.
"I think CRBs books have an honesty and rawness, which sadly is lacking in many publications today. Also they seem to be acquiring cult status. And, of course, a real pleasure to work with."
John Claridge, 2013,
These are places that are or have stocked CRB titles. Some have up-to-date stock, some might have final copies of older titles.
Aye Aye Books
Ti Pi Tin
Little Paper Planes
Hard Workers Club
Parts & Crafts
Book Of Days
Koenig Books Cologne
Motto Berlin [+ distribution]
Gallery and Library Collections
The National Art Library,Victoria and Albert Museum
The British Library
National Library of Scotland,Edinburgh
Glasgow School of Art
Camberwell College of Arts Library
London College of Communication Library
Leeds University Special Collection
University of the West of England
University for the Creative Arts
University of Central Lancashire
Winchester School of Art
Centre for Fine Print Research Special Collection
Bodleian Library at Oxford University
Cambridge University Library
National Library of Scotland
National Library of Wales
Trinity College Dublin
Faculty of the Arts,University of Porto, Portugal
Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
Barnard College Zine Library,NYC, USA
The National Gallery of Canada
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art,Kanazawa, Japan
Booklet Press, Japan
University of New South Wales, Australia
Cut+Paste, Laurence King
Behind The Zines,Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH &Co.KG,Germany
The Book Arts Newsletter,No. 66,International
Quotation Magazine,Toru Hachiga,Japan
Zine Culture,Phoenix Magazine,London UK
Artists Newsletter,Liverpool Biennial 2010,UK [written]
Exhibitions + Fairs
Café Royal publications are available at many book and zine fairs globally. My books are available internationally and taken to fairs by shops and distributers so it's impossible to track every fair Café Royal publications are available at. I tend to be present at most major UK book fairs. Please sign up to the mailing list for information about specific fairs including dates and participants.
Lectures,Workshops and Residencies
Artist in Residence,Extrapool,Nijmegen,The Netherlands
Zines + Self Publishing,Tate Gallery, Liverpool,UK
Self Publishing + Illustration,Cheltenham Illustration Awards
Drawing + Publishing,Birmingham IAD
Drawing,University of Porto –School of Fine Arts,Porto,Portugal
Zines + Self Publishing,Tate Liverpool,UK
Drawing and Self Publishing,University of Central Lancashire,Preston,UK