DB UK Bookbinding Competition (previously the DB Annual UK Bookbinding Competition)
The Set Book for the Competition in 2020 is 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck
112 pages. Frontispiece, 3 colour illustrations, including 2 double-page spreads, and 6 black & white integrated illustrations. 228 x 146 mm.
Migrant labourers George and Lennie are dropped miles from their new workplace by a bus driver who deems them unworthy of an unscheduled stop. The symbolism is clear from the outset - itinerant farm workers have little social status in the land they sow and harvest for others' financial gain. George is slight and savvy, Lennie a hulking simpleton, and the pair have formed an unlikely friendship. They wander state to state, working on ranches and sleeping rough between jobs, until Lennie's childlike naivety inevitably lands him in trouble and they must once again move on.
John Steinbeck's electrifying tale of injustice and shattered dreams, set during the Great Depression, remains a firm classic with a message still relevant today. The characters are drawn with confident self-restraint that borders on detachment; Steinbeck sets the scene then pulls back to allow them space to tell their story. The effect is overpowering and ensures this thought-provoking novella will endlessly gnaw at the reader's conscience.
In order to register for the competition and to obtain a set of unbound sheets for the set book, please click the button below. The set book will then be mailed out to the address provided.
We stipulate that all entrants must bind the set book in some way. However, there is absolute freedom of choice of 'text' within the Open Choice category - it can be an existing text rebound or a complete artist's book, a new binding of a set of sheets from a private press or an entirely experimental sculptural form - wherever your imagination takes you. The Open Choice category can be entered and paid for on the entry form which will be emailed to all entrants nearer the hand-in deadline.
Dates other than the hand-in deadline may be subject to slight change.
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The DB UK Bookbinding Competition is sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and The Folio Society and is open to anyone resident in the UK (at the time of binding) with the exception of Fellows of Designer Bookbinders.