Do or DIY

Craig Dworkin, Simon Morris, Nick Thurston

Price £8

ISBN 978-1-907468-12-4

Year 2012

Edition 2012

Pages 24pp

Binding stapled; offset litho printed; two-colour cover; black text only inner on 100% recycled paper

Mixing anecdote and advocacy, the first section of this two-part polemical essay offers an introduction to the concealed history of do-it-yourself publishing—as undertaken by some of the most revered writers in the modern Western literary canon, from Laurence Sterne (1713–1768) to Irma Rombauer (1882–1941) via Virginia Woolf (1871–1922) and Derek Walcott (1930–).

Having looked back at some of the monuments of literary history, the second section takes its charge from the epigraph, ‘Institutions cannot prevent what they cannot imagine’, and looks forward to the political praxis of the 21st-century’s digital future.

The essay was first commissioned by the Foreword for the London Art Book Fair 2011 catalogue. Translations in to Spanish, German, Italian, French, and other languages are being developed by other publishers.

Copies of the pocketbook are available from Whitechapel Gallery (London E1 7QX) and Cornerhouse Publications (Manchester) via

This book was made possible by the generous support of Arts Council England.

Do or DIY – pocketbook

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