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Meet Darka Erdelji: puppet designer, artist and illustrator of the Jack tales

With her wonderful black top hat, Darka Erdelji always stands out in a crowd; so do her brilliant illustrations for Andy Jones's Jack stories. Here's a little introduction for those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting Darka in person, yet.A native of Slovenia, Darka received a Masters of Arts in Puppet Scenography from Prague’s [...]

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Meet artist Duncan Major

Here's a wee intro to Duncan Major, the artist who provides illustrations for Dave Paddon's letterpress-printed recitations, including February month's featured publication - The Card Game. Duncan is a printer, writer, musician and graphic designer, and a new father; so, a busy fellow. He learned to print from Tara Bryan, for whom he served as printer's [...]

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In production mode!

For the past few weeks, we've been in high production mode as we re-print two recitations by Dave Paddon to meet a welcome (but somewhat unexpected) order from the provincial Department of Education.  We're all delighted to think of Dave's recitations being used in classrooms across the province.  There's been lots of type to set, and [...]

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Playing with a Heidelberg Windmill Press

Ken Holden, a print technician and graphic design instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, gave a terrific two-day workshop about printing on a Heidelberg Windmill Press in January in the College's George Morgan Print Lab.  Sponsored by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, the workshop focused on printing, die-cutting and general press [...]

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Launch of new books by Tom Dawe and Bernice Morgan

We were delighted to celebrate the release of new books by two of the province’s finest writers on October 25, 2015.The Dragon’s Song, a limited-edition, letterpress-printed novella by Bernice Morgan, featuring wood engravings and lithographs by Jennifer Morgan, and An Old Man’s Winter Night: Ghostly Tales by Tom Dawe, with wood cut illustrations by Veselina Tomova.The celebrations [...]

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Launch of Dave Paddon & Duncan Major's newest collaboration

Dave Paddon, Duncan Major, and Running the Goat Press celebrated the release ofThe Card Gameon Friday, September 25th7 pm – 8:30 pmat The WaterShed in Petty HarbourThere were light snacks, a cash-coffee/tea bar, fiddle tunes from Christina Smith and, of course, a recitation or two from Dave.

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Jack, the King of Ashes gets two major nominations

Congratulations to Darka Erdelji and Andy Jones, whose book Jack, the King of Ashes has been nominated for the 2015 Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustrated Book. The joint nomination acknowledges the collaboration involved in creating illustrated books. The recipients of the awards will be announced on October 28th.Jack, the King of [...]

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Darka Erdelji’s Jack illustrations exhibited

In conjunction with the Thomas Raddall Symposium, Acadia University’s Art Gallery hosted “Image. Word. Design: Exploring Picture Book Illustration in Atlantic Canada.” The works of Molly Lamb Boback (NB), Brenda Jones (PEI), and Leonard Paul (NS) were featured along with that of our own Darka Erdelji (NL). The exhibition ran from July 9th [...]

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Congratulations to Joel Thomas Hynes

Hynes’s film adaptation of Say Nothing Saw Wood – “Cast No Shadow” – was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film received six awards at last fall’s Atlantic Film Festival.Hynes’s novella Say Nothing Saw Wood was also shortlisted for the 2014 ReLit Award for Fiction and the [...]

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Halley Day in Tors Cove

August 2, 2014 was the 314th anniversary of the arrival of Edmond Halley (the astronomer and geophysicist for whom Halley’s comet was named) in Tors Cove, then Toads Cove. At the end of a prolonged scientific voyage, Halley came to Tors Cove looking for fresh water and wood, and was greeted with gunfire. Apparently, local [...]

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