I published two books in boxes with Like This press edited by Nikolai Duffy. Both were collaborations with artists, David Kelly and Ben Morris. Both were made up of 34 pages of loose leaf poetry and art, held in a specially fit, velcro held box. All 68 artworks were exhibited twice in 2013, first at the Darnley Gallery in Hackney, London and the Rich Mix Arts Centre, Bethnal Green, London.
The Estates of Westeros
is where avant garde poetry meets avant garde illustration. Whether perception or reality, housing estates are environments of occlusion, claustrophobia and damage, and poetry about them has a responsibility to reflect this complexity and intensity in its tone and form. The Estates of Westeros is a meditation on this living space through the universe of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones, and where Gilles de Rais explores the absurdity of mythmaking in that which once was real, the Estates ... explores the grinding realism at the heart of the fantastical.
34 A5 postcards, image and text, loose-leafed in a box
Gilles de Rais is an interchangeable narrative reflection on the life and legend of Gilles de Rais, this fusion of avant garde poetry and modernist line drawing aims to satirise and subvert the manner in which the monstrous myth surrounding such de Rais is echoed in our own time by Jimmy Saville. This is the disjunctive folklore of idiot's resounding through the ages, from 15th century France to 21st century Britain.
34 postcards, image and text, loose-leafed in a box. Read a sample here
Watch SJ Fowler reading from Gilles de Rais here
I have said to everyone who has listened the work Nikolai Duffy did on my two books in boxes with Ben Morris and David Kelly was some of the most astounding publishing I've experienced. Like This is a quality press and Nikolai's work is truly amazing. His erudition is well evidenced in this interview 12 or 20 questions with Rob Mclennan http://www.robmclennan.blogspot.ca/2013/08/12-or-20-small-press-questions-with.html
Q18– Tell me about three of your most recent titles, and why they’re special.
Three of the most recent titles from Like This Press have been two collaborative works by SJ Fowler, with Ben Morris and David Kelly, and Andy Spragg’s very wonderful To Blart & a Kid. Each title comprises the collation of different materials gathered together in a box, and each fuses word and image in a collaborative process. They are emblematic of everything Like This Press stands and I’m very honoured to have had the opportunity to publish them.
SJ Fowler and David Kelly’s Gilles de Rais comprises 34 loose-leaf postcards in a box and is an interchangeable narrative reflection on the life and legend of Gilles de Rais that fuses avant garde poetry and modernist line drawing.
SJ Fowler and Ben Morris’ The Estates of Westeros also comprises 34 loose-leafed postcards and marks one of the points at which avant garde poetry meets avant garde illustration. The Estates of Westeros is a meditation on the living space of the housing estate framed through the universe of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones. Where Gilles de Rais explores the absurdity of mythmaking in that which once was real, the Estates of Westerosexplores the grinding realism at the heart of the fantastical.