Publish and Be Damned

So much more than double-sided sticky tape and folk revivalism...

ICA News

20 Mar 2012

Let's get one thing straight: There isn't any shame in the world's longest-running children's television show or the band who spurred Spanfest. Having said this, the fair that's been described as "the self-publishing fair for those raised on Blue Peter and Steeleye Span", Publish and be Damned is so much more than double-sided sticky tape and folk revivalism.

This Saturday saw the self-publishing fair drop anchor at the ICA for a day in celebration of distribution, dissemination and exposure (literal on this occasion) of all things print based. Marketplace banter quick-footed it headlong into quickfire launches while artists collective Am Nuden Da held the fort in the bar (the natural location for readings as we're sure you’ll agree…).

All our favourite suspects weighed in including the charmingly named John Dory Report (anything named after a fish otherwise known as St Pierre is good by us). The day was heartily rounded off with a launch of the eagerly awaited London Bookshop Map (mark II): the sweetest map we’ve ever seen, pick one up and use it to find us!

In the Duke of Wellington’s own words: ‘It has been a damned nice thing.’

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