Postcards for Perec

Postal postmodernism in Georges Perec’s Grand Tour

A brief line from Brighton. Getting a tan in the English sun.
Have met lots of friendly folk. Will phone when I get back end of August.

In 1978 Georges Perec wrote a series of postcard messages, dedicated to his fellow writer and friend Italo Calvino, Two Hundred and Forty-three Postcards in Real Colour. The messages seem a little repetitive and formulaic, but as both the men were members of OuLiPo, that is perhaps hardly surprising. The first clue to unravelling their secrets is to ask why 243?

Our aim is to respond as artists to this work by reproducing Perec’s messages, and making the postcards come to life by adding the missing images. So please contact me via this site if you would like to take part and be sent your message for a postcard. You can draw, paint, sew, collage, stencil, stamp, buy or print, it’s all up to your imagination. We will exhibit the postcards at UWE Bower Ashton library in 2021.

United in Isolation

I’m pleased to have two works in an international online exhibition organised by Animales de Lorca, Valencia, running until August 14th. Letterpress printers were asked to send their responses to the covid 19 epidemic. These pieces reflect my frustrations at not being able to use traditional letterpress during self-isolation.

NOT ENOUGH SimplyMpress Bonadies/Adams
JUST THE TYPE LetterMpress Bonadies/Adams


The Bristol Art Library

Chuffed that my little volume celebrating the life and work of Marie Curie 1867 – 1934 has gone to live in this wonderful library. I look forward to life and book fairs opening up again, so that I can wear my badge with pride.

The book was the first inter-library transfer between the Head Librarians Ms. A. Other of TBAL and Miss E. Swishes of the Experimental, Mythical, and Imaginary Library Society (EMAILS).