More than 600 visitors from near and far attended the inaugural Baskerville Wayzgoose at Baskerville Hall in Clyro, near Hay-on-Wye last weekend. Organised by Emma Balch from The Story of Books, the event marks the next stage in a new venture that will see the hall become a year-round celebration of books and printing. Experts in letterpress printing, type design, papermaking, marbling and bookbinding showed off their work at a lively Wayzgoose Fair.
A ‘Wayzgoose’ is an annual printer’s day off or gathering, a tradition that dates back to medieval times. In Clyro last weekend, trained compositors, legendary letterpress printers, fine presses, curators and collectors of type, books and printing presses came together to enthusiastically share ideas and swap work. This was the first gathering of the printing community at Baskerville Hall, as plans move forward to bring a large and internationally significant collection of early printing presses to the site and be in daily working use.
In the evening, there was a candlelit Wayzgoose Supper at Baskerville Hall. Speeches acknowledged the generous contribution of David Hodby, owner of Baskerville Hall, and Michael Fenton, owner of the printing press collection.
A small Project Lab has been set up at Baskerville Hall with a Heidelberg and Arab press. To get involved, arrange a visit, or news on developments, email Emma Balch at: firstname.lastname@example.org