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Press release: Spring is in the air – poetry and printing at The Story Museum. 5 April 2013

Friday 5th April

Get the creative juices flowing: as the weather (hopefully) starts to warm up, why not take a break from spring cleaning and try something new? The Bodleian’s antique printing presses at The Story Museum are ready and waiting and visitors have the chance to get hands on with equipment dating from the 1600s.

The double-session Poetry Broadsheet Printing Workshop offers you a chance to wax lyrical. Pick any poem you like (or write one yourself!) and you will make a linocut and set type by hand to create a beautiful printed broadsheet.

This workshop is part of a series. Families can learn a new skill together, and discover how early stories were printed. Adults too can attend one-off sessions, or sign up for the popular six-week course: print your own book of poems and gain an in-depth understanding of techniques that have not changed since the 18th Century.

Sessions are run by our two resident ink-stained professionals:  the Bodleian’s printing expert Dr Paul Nash, and Michael Daniell. Tickets are now on sale and those interested should book early as courses fill up fast.

family printing workshops

Saturday 30 March, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday 27 April, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday 25 May, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday 22 June, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday 20 July, 2–4 p.m.

Cost: £8 per person. All ages, from 8+ years. Children up to 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.

adult print workshops (for those aged 16+)


6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday 16 April.

6:30–8:30 p.m. Tuesday 11 June.

Cost: £15 per person.


Sunday 5 May & Sunday 12 May,


2–5 p.m.

Set a favourite poem (your own, if you like), cut an accompanying linocut and create a hand-printed broadsheet. Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Cost: £60 per person for both sessions.

hand printing course
6.30-8.30pm Tuesdays: six sessions, beginning 23 April 2013
An exciting workshop for beginners or those with some knowledge of printing and graphic design. Learn techniques, print and bind a small book. Cost: £120 per person for six sessions. Age 16+ years.

Booking and info: Rhiannon Jones: or 01865 790050
The Story Museum, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

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