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Bloomsbury Jamboree 2023

November 25, 2023
by the gentle author


In gleeful collaboration with Tim Mainstone of Mainstone Press and Joe Pearson of Design for Today, I am hosting our annual BLOOMSBURY JAMBOREE, a festival of books and print, illustration, talks and seasonal merriment next SATURDAY 2nd & SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER from 10:30am until 4:30pm.

It takes place at the magnificent ART WORKERS GUILD, 6 Queens Sq, WC1, which was founded in 1884 by members of the Arts & Crafts movement including William Morris and C R Ashbee. These oak panelled rooms lined with oil paintings in a beautiful old house in Bloomsbury offer the ideal venue to celebrate our books, and the authors and artists who create them.

There will be book-signings and a programme of ticketed lectures and readings plus we have invited twenty friends to exhibit, including print and paper makers, small press publishers, toy makers, potters, craft workers and importers for food by small producers.

We need volunteers on Friday at 6:30pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. We offer bags of books as rewards – if you can help us, please email




Art Workers Guild

Art Workers Guild

Art Workers Guild

Elizabeth Harbour

From Boutiques by Lucie Bouchier published by Mainstone Press

Plate by Simon Turner

Tea towel by Marion Elliot

The Tiger’s Bride by Clive Hicks-Jenkins published Penfold Press

Elizabeth Harbour

Paper wreath by Clare Dales

Portrait of Dorset by Rena Gardiner published by Design for Today

Provisions imported by Sail Cargo London

Tea Towel by Chris Brown

Folk art from Poland imported by Frank & Luisa

Print by Mandy Doubt

Produce imported by sail power from Sail Cargo London

Hanging decorations by Elizabeth Harbour

Cards by Yes Paper Goods

Illustration by Jonny Hannah

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  1. Cherub permalink
    November 25, 2023

    I would love to be able to attend this one year as I once organised a Christmas event held at the Artworkers Guild and it’s a very beautiful building inside.

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