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Breaking News… Pip starts to earn proper money as a self-employed typesetter!

On Friday I was honoured to be invited to the launch of the Sutton-on-Trent Local History Society’s book about the Trentside Holmes. This book tells the story of the Sutton, Normanton and Grassthorpe Holmes – an ancient group of pastures by the Trent which are still managed under the same system as was used in Saxon times. The area is rich in flora and fauna, and in history and memories…

I was lucky enough to be recommended to the group by Anthony Cropper – one of my wonderful tutors – as someone who might be able to help them to pull all their material together into a book, and this became my first professional typesetting job. It was a brilliant experience from start to finish. The group didn’t have any experience of producing printed work, so I was not only their typesetter, but their designer and advisor. One of the most inspiring aspects of the job was the obvious passion that every member of the group showed for the area.

There were many moments at the launch which gave me excited shivers down my spine…


Seeing the finished books in their box. The first time I see the results of my work always puts a huge grin on my face.



Watching people flock to buy copies of the book.




Realising that these branding irons…



…are the same branding irons that are in this picture from the book, which was taken many years ago.

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