City Lit bookbinding: intermediate and higher

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 23/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

An opportunity for experienced students to work on individual projects such as fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures. Complete all those unfinished pieces or create something new. Not suitable for beginners.


What is the course about?

This intermediate/advanced level course is designed to allow you to work on your own projects; be it fine binding, box-making, book conservation or alternative book structures.

What will we cover?

Your own projects, such as: modern conservation binding structures, contemporary fine binding in leather, book repair and conservation, box making and alternative book structures.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Select and use appropriate materials
- Work confidently and independently on your own projects
- Assess your own work.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course Is for intermediate and advanced levels. It is not suitable for beginners.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration, group and individual tuition. You may wish to practise and experiment at home.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will have to bring your own small hand tools, and you will have to pay for certain materials that you use; some are available for purchase in the class. You may occasionally have to get, for example, leather or specific paper or tools and you will be given advice on this.If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at *Terms and conditions apply, visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may like to further your learning with a course on gold tooling or leather techniques or by enrolling on a City Lit bookbinding masterclasses. Your tutor will be able to advise you during this course.


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/03/2020)
This course is a marvelous opportunity to pursue your own projects at your own pace with access to first class teaching and advice and excellent equipment and resources.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 08/03/2020)
Very flexible
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Tutor Biographies
Kathy Abbott Tutor Website

Kathy Abbott served a four-year apprenticeship in bookbinding and then gained a Higher National Diploma from the London College of Printing, London (UK) followed by a BA (Hons) degree in Bookbinding from Roehampton University, Surrey (UK). She teaches advanced level Fine Binding and Bookbinding: Intermediate and Higher at the City Lit, London and conducts many other workshops across the UK and overseas. Kathy opened her own bookbinding workshop in London in 1997, where she specializes in Islamic book conservation, western book conservation and contemporary fine binding, and is also a partner in Benchmark Bindery, established in 2009 with Tracey Rowledge, to produce high quality and intelligent bookbinding work. She is a founder member of Tomorrow's Past, an international bookbinding collective and is the author of Bookbinding: A step-by-step guide, published by the Crowood Press in 2010. Her work is held in both private and public collections and her work is exhibited widely.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

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Course Code: VD198

Tue, day, 21 Apr - 23 Jun '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £449.00
Senior fee: £359.00
Concession: £274.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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