Uniformbooks is an imprint for the visual and literary arts, cultural geography and history, music and bibliographic studies. The uniformity of the format and the expansive variety of the list and its subjects, is characteristic of our open approach to publishing. The printed quarterly Uniformagazine gathers contributions by the writers and artists that we work with, sometimes thematically, as well as slighter or singular content—click on animation for further details.

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All or nothing and other pages

Michael Gibbs

A survey of the work of Michael Gibbs whose activities included poetry, performance, film, and publishing, and his immersion in what he called “a genuinely ‘underground ’ culture… which owed nothing to the official art establishment ”. As well as visual poetry and texts, the book includes his major study of blank books ‘All or Nothing ’, written in 2005, a selection of critical writing that originally appeared in Kontexts, and Artzien, journals that he edited and published, as well as articles from the photography journal Perspektief, and Art Monthly, for which he wrote a regular column. A chronology of examples of his visual and concrete poems, books and photography is reproduced, along with documentation of performances.

ISBN 978 1 910010 13 6
224pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2016, £16.00

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Anticipatory history

Edited by Caitlin DeSilvey, Simon Naylor & Colin Sackett

In recent years reports of accelerating sea level rise, species extinction, shifting weather patterns, and stressed landscapes have become increasingly common. Although we are well supplied with scientific information about environmental change, we often do not have the cultural resources to respond thoughtfully and to imagine our own futures in a tangibly altered world. This book poses the term ‘anticipatory history’ as a tool to help us connect past, present and future environmental change. Through discussion of a series of topics, a range of leading academics, authors and practitioners consider how the stories we tell about ecological and landscape histories can help shape our perceptions of plausible environmental futures.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 2 3
80pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2011, £9.00

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The Book of the Green Man

Ronald Johnson

Of this lost English nature poem of the 1960s Christopher Middleton wrote: “This is the work of a young poet from Kansas who spent a year in England during 1962-63. It is a remarkable piece of work. The surprise is this: he presents an image of England, or, to be precise, of sundry English scenes, with a vividness and a strangeness beyond the reach of any English poet, and unknown, I venture to say, since the days of Blake, Calvert and Palmer, Ronald Johnson has unearthed an England which most people have forgotten.”
First published in 1967, this new edition has an afterword by Ross Hair.

ISBN 978 1 910010 04 4
96pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2015, £9.00

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A Downland Index

Angus Carlyle

A hundred successive slow runs on the chalk downs above Brighton, each written up in a hundred words. “Much of what felt central to this project was captured in its working title, ‘A Slow Runner’—the sense of self-deprecation, the unhurried pace, a literal accounting for physical action. And yet this provisional title, with its emphasis on diarising the moving, breathing body as it runs, eclipsed the significance of the South Downs themselves, location for the eighteen-month exploration of ridges, slopes and clefts, clouds condensing above, winds as force and breath, sun and rain, dawns, dusks and nights that fall, streets and bridges, roads and traffic, cows, bulls, squirrels, bees and birds, crowds outside pubs, walkers, anglers.”

ISBN 978 1 910010 10 5
72pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2016, £9.00

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In the Field: The Art of Field Recording

Cathy Lane & Angus Carlyle

This is a collection of interviews with contemporary sound artists who use field recording in their work. From its early origins in
wildlife sound and in ethnographic research, field recording has expanded over the last few decades into a diverse range of practices which explore and investigate aspects of the lived environment, from the microscopic to the panoramic, through the medium of recorded sound. These conversations explore the fundamental issues that underlie the development of field recording as the core of their activity. Recurring themes include early motivations, aesthetic preferences, the audible presence of the recordist and the nature of the field.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 6 1
240pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2013, £12.00

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The Keartons: Inventing nature photography

John Bevis

In 1892 Richard and Cherry Kearton took the first ever photograph of a bird’s nest with eggs. Realising the camera’s potential to reveal secrets of the natural world, they resolved to make the best possible records of their discoveries in the habits and behaviour of birds and other creatures. This new and definitive study concerns itself with the lives and partnership of the Keartons, especially their role in the history of nature photography; their attitudes to and interaction with nature; and the status of invention in their work. Reproduced throughout the book are the remarkable photographs that they declared as having been taken ‘direct from nature’.

ISBN 978 1 910010 09 9
192pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2016, £14.00

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Kew. Rhone.

Peter Blegvad

Released in 1977 the songs on Kew. Rhone. engaged lyrically with three interrelated themes: Omen (the reading/interpretation of signs), Nomen (the power of names, the pros and cons of identity), and Numen (the spirit in matter, the numinous). This illustrated exegetical memoir likewise engages with those themes in an experimental reading and interpretation, an attempt to name and identify some of Kew. Rhone.’s sources, and to invest the material with something like a ‘spirit’.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 8 5
192pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2014, £14.00

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Letterpress

New & material poems by Simon Cutts

As a visual artist, Simon Cutts is a poet, and as a poet he is a visual artist. This is no glib turn of phrase, but a lived reality insofar as he conceives how one artistic practice can show the ways of opening the other. For some time now he has insisted that the book is not merely (or simply) a vehicle for poetry, but is itself part of a poem’s form. He extends the idea of a poem being a field of dynamic action beyond the boundaries of the page so as to encompass the book as whole. To read Letterpress is to become a participant in its total and encompassing range.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 7 8
128pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2013, £12.00

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Living Locally

Erica Van Horn

Living Locally selects entries from a daily journal written over five years about rural life in and around a farming valley in Tipperary, to the north of the Knockmealdown Mountains. With needle-sharp observation and in plain words, Van Horn makes remarkable what might otherwise have gone unrecorded: the familiarity of neighbours, of animals and of weather, the regularity of the patterns of transaction on roads and in nearby villages and towns, and, from an outsider’s perspective, the unfamiliarity of speech and custom.

ISBN 978 1 910010 02 0
144pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2014, £12.00

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Modern Futures

Edited by Hannah Neate & Ruth Craggs

There has been a groundswell of interest in modernist architecture in recent years, particularly buildings from the second half of the twentieth century. Individuals and groups are engaging with modernist environments in the form of popular histories, documentaries and community projects, and digital and social media. Alongside this growing popularity however, many of these buildings are under threat from demolition and regeneration. Modern Futures explores these trends, their connections, and how more popular and creative engagements might be used to inform the uncertain future of modernist architecture.

ISBN 978 1 910010 11 2
144pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2016, £12.00

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On Listening

Edited by Angus Carlyle & Cathy Lane

On Listening is a unique collection of forty multi-disciplinary perspectives drawn from anthropology, bioacoustics, geography, literature, community activism, sociology, religion, philosophy, art history, conflict mediation and the sonic arts including music, ethnomusicology and field recording. These specially commissioned contributions explore the many ways in which skilled listening can mediate new relationships with our physical environment and the people and other species that we share it with.

ISBN 978 1 910010 01 3
200pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2013, £12.00

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Reading (Story of) O

Emmanuelle Waeckerlé

The famous erotic novel was first published in French in 1954, and the official English translation appeared in 1965. Fifty years later Reading (Story of) O reprints, in parallel, English and French versions in a graphic reworking of the original story. In doing so Emmanuelle Waeckerlé attempts to navigate a passage through this difficult literary work and its notorious yet little known history. She offers a few simple strategies and choices for reading—alone or with others, in private or to an audience.

ISBN 978 1 910010 07 5
208pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2015, £12.00

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The Regional Book

David Matless

“Force yourself to see more flatly.”—Georges Perec, Species of Spaces
The Regional Book examines, in descriptions of forty-four locations, the Broads’ varied constitution: nature reserves, towns, riversides, marshes, seasides, waterways broad and narrow, broads landlocked and connected. The writing rubs against conventional forms of attention and styles of seeing, creating inventories that encompass fact, digression, memory and reverie. If Broadland is a flat landscape, with few rises, it remains possible to see more flatly.

ISBN 978 1 910010 05 1
96pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2015, £9.00

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Sonorama: Listening to the view from the train

Claudia Molitor

Located on the train journey between London St Pancras and Margate, ‘Sonorama’ is an audio work by composer Claudia Molitor that offers sounds and voices for the otherwise silent view from the train. The work is downloadable as an app for listening with headphones, and the book is a companion to the audio experience. It reproduces the complete graphic score of Molitor’s interpretation of the journey, locating the thinking behind the composition and the selection of material. With contributions by David Hendy, Charlotte Higgins, Graham McKenzie, Evan Parker, Irene Revell.

ISBN 978 1 910010 03 7
88pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2015, £12.00

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Tender Buttons

Gertrude Stein

A century after Gertrude Stein wrote Tender Buttons the text has been newly formatted, with a view to it being more sympathetically read as prose-poetry, in contrast to the original setting of the 1914 edition and the various subsequent editions. Here it becomes evident that in her plastic, collagist use of language Stein was arguing for a purist shaking off of redundant associations and judgements into a thing free of cliché or manipulation. Funny, poetic and multifaceted, this is a text to read in and around, the sense arriving on a wave of rhythm, sound, and harmony.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 4 7
80pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2012, £9.00

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Unshelfmarked: Reconceiving the artists’ book

Michael Hampton

“Post-Deweyed, these works form an entirely new corpus, showcasing the artists’ book not as a by-product of the book per se, but both its antecedent and post-digital flowering, many salient twentieth-century features proleptically flickering here and there through time, its epigenetic influence finally come to permeate mainstream book design everywhere; the manifold traits and studio processes inherent to the artists’ book bursting from their stitched sheath, cheerfully pollinating the whole gamut of reading impedimenta and spaces.”

ISBN 978 1 910010 06 8
176pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
2015, £12.00

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Visible mending: Everyday repairs in the South West

Steven Bond, Caitlin DeSilvey & James R. Ryan

In September 2010 a team of three researchers—two cultural geographers and a photographer—set out to find and visit workplaces in the South West where people repair broken things. Notebooks and cameras were the project tools, and these tools produced an extensive archive of texts and images, a selection of which are printed in this book, the culmination of eighteen months of fieldwork.
The project was inspired by an attraction to the aesthetics of these workplaces, but also by an interest in what the practices of fixing, mending, repair and renewal could reveal about the way people value things, and each other.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 9 2
160pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2013, £14.00

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Vision and Reality

Stephen Willats

This book presents a wide selection of interviews and photographs from the collaborations between Willats and residents in the many housing estate projects he makes. The first-hand observations and individual opinions, from the past four decades, record a variety of attitudes and perceptions towards the physical reality of their surroundings. Created outside of the norms and conventions of an object-based art world, the projects in this book, mainly on estates in and around London, but also in Bath, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Oxford, highlight the realities of everyday life in both tower blocks and low-rise planned housing.

ISBN 978 1 910010 08 2
288pp, 234 x 142, paperback with flaps
February 2016, £18.00

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Wordage

Colin Sackett

rereader, essayes, domestics, onsixpagestoday, etc.

The separate sections of this book were written during the twenty years up until 2011; the allotted prose parts are now butted together to make a consecutive set. The process of writing was variously prescriptive and artificial: transcription from manuscript or speech, via word processing and assembly, to the final format of a single leaflet or booklet. Subsequently, most have been published again, reformatted as ‘online texts’, where in each case what was a paged sequence has become a scrollable depth—a vertical and bottomless page.

ISBN 978 0 9568559 3 0
64pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback with flaps
2011, £9.00

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Playing with words: The spoken word in artistic practice

Edited by Cathy Lane

A collection of responses from over 40 leading contemporary composers and artists who were invited to represent aspects of their creative practice with words, and in particular, the spoken word, for the printed page. The book concentrates on the kinds of creative play to be found in different sound based genres such as electroacoustic music composition, text sound composition, and sound poetry while reflecting artistic practices in disciplines of such as digital arts, electronic, concrete and experimental poetry, performance art and fine art. The contributors have chosen to represent their work in a variety of different ways which include writing, graphics, poetry, photographs and through interview.

ISBN 978 1 910010 30 3
208pp, 234 x 156, paperback
First published RGAP 2008, Uniformbooks edition 2015, £30.00

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The Complete Guide to Lyme Regis

This alphabetical guide is intended for the general, inquisitive visitor—both as a practical directory of what the area has to offer, and to make available straightforward background information on the unique variety of natural and human history that is here.

“Is there another guide like it anywhere—as thoughtful, of such wide appeal, without a jarring thought or sentence? It is a model production in every sense... it suggests how to enjoy a place without destroying it in the process, assumes a programme for sustainable tourism that is as much an attitude of mind as a set code of practice.” J. C. C. Mays

ISBN 978 0 9568559 5 4
64pp, 234 x 142, sewn paperback
3rd final edition 2012, £4.50

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River Axe Crossings: A visual survey along the course of the river

Colin Sackett

The River Axe flows through Dorset, Somerset and Devon, rising near Beaminster, flowing west then south by Axminster and joining the English Channel at Axmouth near Seaton. Taken during the period November 2007 to March 2008, the photographs look directly upstream and downstream from the centre of each of all the forty-one extant crossings, ranging variously from plain wooden beam, to stone arch, to concrete road bridge. From the front of the book the right-hand page sequence shows the direction from mouth to source, while from the back the left-hand sequence is downstream with the river's flow.

ISBN 978 0 9537048 8 0
96pp, 147 x 218, paperback
2008, £7.95

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The True Line: The Landscape Diagrams of Geoffrey Hutchings

Colin Sackett

I first saw these printed diagrams and drawings over thirty years ago, and the particular care and certainty they convey has remained with me since. Hutchings published just a handful of books, all addressing the search for geographical and topographical truths, and for the ways of recording and depicting these truths precisely and economically by the handwritten word and line. In addition to his contribution to the development of the teaching of field studies in Britain in the late 1940s, with its emphasis on the direct observation and interpretation of landscape, he achieved a masterly ability to ‘read’ and transcribe a place in a graphic composition—be it a sketch-map or a plan, a tabular profile or a section, or an annotated panoramic drawing. In all of these compositions he integrated line and text in a perfect balance of brevity and detail.

ISBN 978 0 9537048 5 9
40pp, 210 x 140, sewn paperback with flaps
2006, £9.00

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Eye Music Series

Janet Boulton

The ‘Eye Music’ series of watercolour, collage and paperpulp reliefs are inspired by the idea of graphic musical notation. Janet Boulton has combined observations of a still life installed in a window (comprising five plate glass shelves and rows of jam jars) with the forms of musical notation used in early medieval plainchant. In a process of deconstruction and re-invention, with music strongly in mind, she has made images which are intended to be seen independently as well as being a source of musical inspiration. Although there are no specifications for instruments or interpretation she became increasingly conscious whilst making the pictures of the spacial and tonal potential of sound.

ISBN 978 1 910010 32 7
24pp, 205 x 210, pamphlet
2014, £6.00

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