The Wake – A book for the year


As the final part of The Wake, I conceived and designed a small book on behalf of Jane Packman Company. The book was created as a gift for our audiences, and whilst I’m not going to tell you about the contents of the book – that’s between us and those aforementioned audiences – suffice to say that it’s a unique and lovely thing that was a pleasure to make.

If you’re interested, it’s a 56pp custom format book, digitally printed onto FSC stock, perfect bound and hand finished. The tree image on the cover is an illustration by Barney George.

Photo © Ben Pacey 2013

Tweets for the Birds



Here’s a glimpse of a book which I designed and made as a gift to celebrate the wedding of some brilliant friends.

I invited friends and family of the couple to share tweet-sized messages and photos on twitter, or by email, in the run-up to – and during – the wedding. Afterwards, I collated all the (digital) contributions into a (hand made) book. New media presented as old.

Making the book was very satisfying, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. It was printed using an inkjet printer onto recycled papers, and the book was trimmed and bound by hand using a simple Japanese book-binding technique.

Photo © Ben Pacey 2012

Not What I Had In Mind


Last April I wrote Not What I Had In Mind, a short story which was read aloud at a White Rabbit event at Toynbee Hall in London.

People seemed to like it.

And as I wanted to contribute something to Birmingham Zine Fest, I thought I’d make a little chapbook version of my story… and here they are, hot off the photocopier.

They’re A6, and printed black and white onto some really pleasing recycled paper. You can get one of these for yourself via BigCartel, or you could just ask me for one, if you know me in real life!