|Coracle is a small publishing press directed by artist and writer Erica Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts from what was a small farm in between the hills of South Tipperary Ireland, since 1996. Before that time it was based in London from the nineteen seventies culminating in its last bookshop project workfortheeyetodo. In the nineties there was another base in Norfolk, England.
In this remote form, it continues as printer-publisher, editor of spaces, employing many of the devices and formats of hypothetical publishing inherent in the small press. Inevitably, the content of much of the publishing is the nature of the Book itself, in both playful and critical dimensions. At the same time there is poetry and other books by artists and writers, and an extensive arena of criticism.
The books themselves are not so much concerned with craft-traditions of limitedness of edition, hand-made papers and elaborate binding, as with the plain-ness of the simple case-bound book and sewn paperback, and their availability.
Most years Coracle undertakes one editorial and productional commission beyond its own programme. This together with other projects can be viewed on this site, which is mainly concerned with the books readily available in print. Some printed catalogues and booklists are available by post.
Coracle seems to be the only 'small press' in Ireland that operates in the full tradition of such establishments. Books Ireland. December 2004
In the bucolic but still wild climes of South Tipperary, Fredson Bower's wolfhound, ready defender of the flock of Anglo-American bibliographers, may meet up with another kind of wolf-hound, a dog crossbred with a wolf and ready to send the flock scattering. Marta Werner.Text. ed. Speed Hill and Burns. Univesity of Michegan 2006
The complete backlist of books and projects can be seen at www.getty.edu, with large selections available at www.nli.ie, and www.vam.ac.uk
Our main distributor for the more regular titles is Cornerhouse Publications 70 Oxford St. Manchester M1 5NH . Tel 0161 200 1503. www.cornerhouse.org
Some earlier and rarer books and printed items may be obtained from www.granarybooks.com and from Bill Allen at Allenat154@aol.com and large selections of current and past books can be found at Boekie-Woekie, Berenstraat 16, NL 1016 Amsterdam, Netherlands.tel 0031 206 390507 www.boekiewoekie.com and Printed Matter, 195 Tenth Avenue, New York, New York 10011,U.S.A.,tel 001 212 925 0325 www.printedmatter.org. Certain, perhaps more literary titles, are available from Small Press Distribution in California. www.spd.org
All books listed on this site are available directly from Coracle
Please convert the euro prices at the date of ordering. Cheques with the order will be accepted in euros, sterling, or dollars.Please add 10% for postage and packing. Wherever possible books will be sent by airmail, or for larger quantities, courier by negotiation.
tel/fax 00 353) 52 38408
Coracle Ballybeg Grange Clonmel Tipperary Ireland