365 Apples is published by The Hawthorn Press, a specialist publisher of poetry based in North Norfolk. The husband and wife team of writer Alan Byford and artist Diane Griffiths published Charles’s first chapbook The Storm Bell, and have also published William Wordsworth’s Socks (both these early chapbooks are still available). Most recently, they have featured a variety of titles including Angry Planet and 365 Apples.
365 Apples is available as a chapbook with illustrations by Diane. It features up-dated and revised versions of the Orchard Days poems and in a sense replaces that first publication with a fresh look at the orchard.
In addition to the titles above, Dianne has also produced a hard-back limited edition artist’s book of all twelve poems in 365 Apples featuring an impressive accordion fold-out construction. The book (which is limited to 24 editions) is printed on Hahnemuhle etching paper with hand set letterpress text on 4 reduction woodcut backgrounds.
She has also made A Year Underwater: a stunningly inventive card-covered booklet featuring a series of four poems which opens out in to a single sheet. The pond featured in each poem can then be found in the middle of the page. Limited to an edition of 30, the artist’s book featured hand-set letterpress text with mixed media relief and stencil printed background with some hand colouring.
Books may be ordered by emailing Charles
The Hawthorn Press was set up by Alan and Diane Byford in 1994. It publishes both hand-printed and machine-printed poetry chap books. Alan Byford, as editor of the Press chooses the poets to publish whilst Diane is responsible for design and often also illustration. Books are printed in small runs. Any hand-printed books are produced in a limited edition of no more than 100. Originally hand-printed books were produced using an 8 x 5 Adana hand press, which is still in use but has been augmented with an 1865 Figgins Albion, to give more flexibility.