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What a great night we had. Thank you all for a great turn-out and such a charismatic audience! The spontaneous singing of “for he’s a jolly good Bible” and ‘Happy Birthday’ were definitely a highlight for us. See below the wonderful Bible Cake that provoked it. Also images of the Live Print Production Line accompanied by Kerry Yong on Casio with Terry Riley’s A Rainbow in Curved Air. Performed by Sam Meech, Kevin Helas, Rosalind Holmes Duffy, Margaux Carpentier, James Wilkes (and Sal), Sarah Jane Barnes, and Phillipe Nash.

Print ‘void’ now for sale here and on bookshelf here

Also the mesmerising poem and film ‘Noah’s Ark’ by Nathan Jones and Sam Meech was truly amazing. One of the most accomplished films I’ve ever seen. At times Nathan seemed to be absorbed into the archive footage on the screen. More news from them very soon, as we launched on the night the book of the piece, published by us at HFP.

Time Out particularly recommends our King James Bible Bash.

Hey fact fans, did you know? In three years we have netted four categories in Time Out! Books and Poetry, Music, Art, Fringe Theatre…
(apologies, I’m eating too much Petit Filous and their calcium facts are effecting my posts.)

Johanna Derry says (here):

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King James Bible Bash

It’s the 400th anniversary of the King James translation of the Bible, and, it being Easter weekend and all, perhaps this is the best time of the year to get a bit Biblical, and mark the occasion. Taking inspiration from the stories at the start of the book – creation and Noah’s Ark – London Word Festival are presenting an eclectic mix of music, art, literature and film in response to this great, influential, controversial and ancient text. Running right through to the apocalyptic imagery of Revelation at the end, with a detour comparing John 3:16 with Austin 3:16, there’ll be a geodesic domes, a man-powered print production line, a score by Carl Brown of the Wave Machines, and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time on casio. You’ll not see anything like this at your local church this Sunday.

This is going to be amazing! HFP and the London Word Festival present a 400th Birthday Party for the King James Bible. The whole story of the Bible re-presented in film, music, performance, and live print! Creation, Fall and Resurrection! It’s in Time Out, twice!

On the night:

Nathan Jones (Mercy) and Sam Meech present bewitching poetry and film set to music by Carl Brown (Wave Machines)! They have dug deep in the Northwest film archives to present a contemporary setting of the Noah’s Ark story.

Kerry Yong provides a sudden trumpet call with Casio keyboard versions of Terry Riley’s ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air‘ and Messiean’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time‘ (Cover Me Casio)

The Henningham Family Press will be dipping into our Monday School syllabus, taking a look through geodesic domed spectacles (literally) at the Garden of Eden with Buckminster Fuller. Has Man a Function in Universe? We’ll also be watching his brilliant short film ‘Modeling Universe‘.

This week we have a fine crop of artists and writers busying themselves in our workshop making a stunning poster-print of the seven days of creation. They will finish this live on the night with the Henningham Family Press on a performance print production line! Special price on the night, and if there are any left over I’ll be floored.. This thing is printed with gold-effect bronze pigments!

Is that it? Emphatically no! Kerri Meehan & Sophie Von Cundale will be performing The Last Word, a bizarre live magazine show! New material for the night building upon their previous appearances at Frieze and the South London Gallery. And Marcus Orlandi will be performing 3:16, a look at the most quoted Bible verse, John 3:16 and how it got hi-jacked by WWF villian Austin 3:16!

Then of course there is the disco of the sheep and goats and a whole-sideshow, bar, cakes…….

King James Bible Bash
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£8 advance tickets

7pm, 23rd April 2011

Stoke Newington International Airport
Unit F | 1-15 Leswin Place | London | N16 7NJ

Commissioned by London Word Festival

The Henningham Family Press are live printing again with the fabulous London Word Festival!

Our new show for 2011 is the King James Bible Bash, to be held at the sensational Stoke Newington International Airport, the venue that all airports should aspire to be. It will be on April 23rd and tickets are already on sale here (recall the last two years and get in early..)

But that is not the end of the story!

We’re inviting submissions for work to be presented as part of the King James Bible Bash. There are two opportunities available:

1) Proposals are invited for two short performance-based pieces responding to the theme of Creation, Fall and/or Resurrection.

Fresh and unusual reflections, explorations & interpretations of these themes, that look at the Bible narrative in the context of contemporary fiction, pop culture or secular ideas. Proposals are welcome from artists and performers working in any discipline or art-form, but must culminate in a piece or performance no longer than 15 mins in length, that can be presented in the context of a live show (this can include pre-record and film).

An award of £150 is available per commission, which must include any material costs.

Please send a short description of your project/idea along with examples of previous work (including images/video if possible) to


2) Work is invited for inclusion in an original broadside poster designed and screen printed by the Henningham Family Press.

Artists, designers and writers are invited to submit work based on the Creation Story (Genesis chp. 1 v1 – chp. 2 v3), in one of seven categories:

Light & Dark
Sea, Land & Plants
Sun, Moon & Stars
Fish & Birds
Animals of the Land & Humanity

One entry will be selected per category, with those successful invited to make the publication with us at our workshop on Saturday April 9th. They will present their contribution in a live print production line at the King James Bible Bash.

Entry Specifications

Multiple submissions welcome, though publication is limited to one piece per artist. Entries must be complete but do not need to be print ready.

Those successful will work with the Henningham Family Press to compose the final poster, when changes in scale, colour, layout and other variables will be made. Entrants will need to enjoy a collaborative process, and be open-minded about how their print interacts with other works.

Image-based submissions should:
Include up to two printed colours (the overlap can make a third)
Be a maximum size A4 (though this may be scaled up or down during the design process)
Be submitted as PDF (other file types might be requested, so keep layers separate)

Text based submissions should be submitted as .doc or .odt file

Please send submissions to or by post to
Henningham Family Press
399 Mentmore Terrace
London Fields
E8 3PH.



Day at HFP (for selected works): Saturday 9th April
Performance: Saturday 23rd April

The third publication of the Monday School project was an unexpected commission for new church buildings in St Peter’s Harold Wood, Monday School Illuminations. This was a new challenge, what with us not being ecclesiastical artists, but they had heard about the Monday School project and we had a starting point; this was the place I went to Sunday School in the 1980s. We returned to the Monday School Chart and took some of those images further to create a set of four silkscreen prints that tile together and work individually. We began with the monastic tradition of illuminating manuscripts, and this theme of illumination and enlightenment is central to the composition.

It is now pride of place in the church atrium, and we also produced an edition of ten in Tex Libris pistachio cloth bound portfolios with white foil blocking and ebony lining paper. They are editioned and signed.

This time, each panel juxtaposes a part of the old and new testaments that are linked thematically. So the Creation and New Creation are on the first panel, then the Fall and Noah’s Flood are the background for Judgement Day (the second coming), next Abraham and Jesus’ incarnation represent that family bloodline, but also the line of Grace, and the Law of Moses and Israel are contrasted with the Law of grace (the Apostles after Jesus’ resurrection). A single white line is emitted from Creation, connects all the panels chronologically, splitting in a prism to create the tree of life and coming full-circle to the New Creation. All the Old Testament bits are in the background, and the New Testament hangs off the tree.

Book Information:
Loose-leaf book of four silkscreen prints
300gsm Somerset Satin White paper
190mm x 270mm
Edition of 10
Numbered and signed

Available to buy from us here

Introducing the Monday School Chart

January 25th, 2011 | Posted by David in Books | Monday School - (0 Comments)

The second of our three new Bible-themed publications is the Monday School Chart. A copy of the chart comes free inside the hardback book, but we wanted to make them available individually. They can be used in personal study, by reading groups, or as a visual celebration of the 400th year of the King James Bible.

The first few pages of the chart open like a normal book, with icons that move from Creation, to Fall, to Noah’s Flood, then a face off between Abraham and Moses and finally the kingdom of Ancient Israel up until Solomon’s disastrous reign.

The chart now flips open to show the split between North and South Israel

but the return of the Exiles is a prism through which the New Testament now unfolds, the chart now opening again to reveal the tree of life.

Jesus’ Ministry is followed by the Apostles, then Judgement Day. The world turns on its side for a resurrection in Abney Park Cemetry, and finally the world is turned on its head in the New Creation (here represented as a counter-culture community equipped with geodesic domes).

You’ll notice that the chart gradually accrues more coloured lines. This was an irresistable printer’s trick. They are the Cyan Magenta Yellow and Keyline (black) colours used in printing to make full-colour images. In our chart each one represents a theme of the Bible: creation (Y), fall (K), grace (M) and Law (C). When the New Testament is reached inside a tree of life, or vine, is formed with full-colour images. A coming together of all the Biblical themes into fruition. This book is available from our distributor here, and all the other usual channels.

Book Information:
Pamphlet in polythene pocket
ISBN 978 0 9563166 2 2
BIC codes: HRCG3 (Biblical Exegesis)
10 pages
190mm x 141mm
January 2011

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Trade Orders:
Central Books Ltd
99 Wallis Road
London, E9 5LN
T: +44(0)845 458 9911
F: +44(0)845 458 9912

Henningham Family Press
T: +44(0)797 684 3290

It is 400 years since the publication of the King James Bible, and therefore an appropriate time to launch three publications on the Bible.

Most coverage seems to be about the history surrounding Bible translation, but the task we set ourselves was to explore the content of the Bible and its influence. The whole Bible. The three projects that resulted all aspire to explain the narrative of the Bible in the context of secular ideas, primarily for people with a non-religious desire to understand what it contains; reading the Bible is not a statement of belief. These publications will also be of use to the Churchgoer.

These Monday School titles are available:
A) from our workshop (399 Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3PH)
B) online from us here or our distributor here
C) through your local benign bookshop and latte emporium
D) via cut-throat cut-price online book-pimps

To introduce you to these new publications we are going to devote a blog entry to each one. First up we have Monday School which is a hardback book.

It includes a full- colour fold-out chart, seven essays on seven turning points in the Biblical narrative, and a syllabus to help readers use it as a book club or for their own study. The essays are:

Bring a Pen and a Spade: the Creation Story
(a look at Ronald Number’s history of Creationism)
The Fall of Humanity and their Purpose
(inc. Kafka’s Trial and Steinbeck’s East of Eden)
What ‘Chosen Peoples’ Choose to Ignore
(a correspondence on political violence with a vicar)
Does a Ladder to No-where Permit Downward Traffic?
(Ancient Israel’s covenants compared to Neitzsche’s will-to-power)
A Perfect Law Risks Becoming Pointless
(An argument between the author and Slavoj Zizek on the Law of Moses whilst barricaded in a bookshop for the duration of a riot)
The Revolution With a Single Death: Messianic time, the oppressed and their inheritance – the Earth
(Fragments on Benjamin, Agamben, the Crucifixion..)
Dig For Victory: the Resurrection way of life
(what Orwell didn’t get about the idea of life after death..)

We are thrilled with how this hardback turned out, from its writing to making it in the workshop. Anyone who wants to be able to navigate the Bible and spot its influences on our history and culture will find it useful.

Book Information:
ISBN 978 0 9563166 3 9
BIC codes: HP (Philosophy)
DNF (Literary Essays)
HRCG3 (Biblical Exegesis)
100 pages
210mm x 158mm
January 2011

Buy Now

Trade Orders:
Central Books Ltd
99 Wallis Road
London, E9 5LN
T: +44(0)845 458 9911
F: +44(0)845 458 9912

Henningham Family Press
T: +44(0)797 684 3290