In this podcast, Flo Brooks and Polly Wright talk to Robin Christian about many a thing including creating independent platforms to publish and support artists’ work, letterboxing on Dartmoor and rural archives.
We invited three independent publishers and distributors, working across the UK, to respond to The Daily Winds Tourist Information Centre. As well as displaying three titles in the gallery space, Black Lodge Press (Yorkshire), Public House Birmingham and Makina Books (London) offer insight into their chosen book titles through anecdotes, feeling inspired and working with texts.
Makina Books is an independent publisher based in Stoke Newington, London. The project seeks to promote and celebrate independent voices – with a focus on photography, poetry, fiction and prose.
They currently make collectable books in the ongoing series’ New Words and Makina Archive. In 2019 they launched the Makina Books Podcast which focusses on narratives in publishing. To date we have worked on projects with Flo Brooks, Livia Franchini, Alanna McArdle, Angus Carlyle, Eloise Hendy and David Moore – amongst others.
Makina is named after the Plaubel Makina, a medium format camera popular with the new colour documentarists in the 1980s. The ‘Makina’ makes a 6×7 frame, the inspiration for our boxier format celebrated in our ongoing New Words series.
This is a part of a wider series of lunchtime podcasts in which artists, curators and publishers discuss how they’ve developed their creative communities.