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Image to Handmade Book


Led by: Clea and Adrian Beasley

12th - 14th April 2023


You will be sent an invoice from Clea shortly after reserving your place

2 Nights Bed & Breakfast. See below for other meals.

2 Leaders, 6 clients

There is a real pleasure in holding and looking through a handmade photo book, even more so if you made it yourself. Photo books are a great way to show your images to your friends and family and to keep your images outside of a computer. In this dark-age of photography where our electronic images will be lost to future generations, now is your chance to create something permanent and personal. Unlike prints, you don't need to find space on your walls, there is always enough space on a book shelf for just one more book....


This workshop is aimed at beginners and intermediates. If you have never made a book before, we will coach you through every step. We will help you to select, sequence, edit and print images from a set that you bring to the workshop. From the final selection, you will create a Leporello style book with end papers and covers finished in a material from our varied selection of papers and cloths. If you have some experience of book making, we can discuss options for going off-piste! We will be printing your images onto high quality photographic papers rather than sticking them in.  We will explore different ideas for creating end papers. You will also receive comprehensive support materials to help you make more books at home.


We have included 2-nights B&B so that you can travel down and join us to see a little of our wonderful coast on the first afternoon. We will then spend the following 2-days selecting images, editing, printing and making the book.


Your tutors

Clea's parents were antiquarian book dealers and she was brought up in a bookshop. Her dad still runs a bookshop today. After early retirement, Clea re-connected with her love of book making and taught Adrian how to make them too. Whilst this is a new addition to the portfolio, you are in good hands as we have led quite a few workshops over the past 18-months. Adrian brings his editing and printing skills to the workshop, helping you to select, edit and print your book pages to the highest standard.

Location, Accommodation, Transport

The workshop is based at Kingsdown House, Bideford, North Devon. You will be staying at the Royal Hotel in Bideford on a single occupancy B&B basis.

If you want to arrive by train, please speak to us as we will almost certainly be able to assist with transit from Barnstaple.

Start and End timing

The workshop starts at 2pm on the first day and finishes at 4pm on the last to allow for travel and de-stress. The first session will involve personal introductions, introduction to the workshop and schedule, and a visit to the local coast followed by an evening meal at our home.



Breakfast, sandwich/soup lunch are included. We will also provide a meal on the first evening. On the second evening we will visit a local restaurant. This meal is not included.



  • No previous experience is needed, especially for the editing, printing and book making elements. Training and tools will be provided during the workshop.

  • We suggest bringing about 30 images with a theme in mind for your book. We will help you to select 6-8 images for the book.

  • You need to bring a computer for the editing and selection session. If you do not have a suitable computer, we may be able to loan one but please check with us before booking.

  • Please make sure you have suitable travel and equipment insurance.


  • Tuition by Clea and Adrian Beasley

  • All paper, ink, book making materials and use of tools

  • Book making guide with recommended material suppliers

  • 2-night accommodation on a single occupancy basis

  • Breakfast, lunches and the first evening meal are included

Not Included

  • Travel to and from the workshop

  • Travel and equipment Insurance

  • Computer and editing software

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • Final evening meal

Location & Contact Details

Adrian Beasley 07785926738

Address and travel details will be provided after booking.

Booking and Cancellation Policy for Residentials

Generally we require a 10% deposit when you book to secure your place, final balance will be due 4-weeks before the start of the workshop. If you cancel at any time, please understand that I may need to retain some of your monies to cover incurred costs that I cannot recover, unless I am able to re-sell your place. In general, if I am able to re-sell the place, I will refund you so please contact me as quickly as possible.

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