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Pictures from the Harrison Centre

August 13th, 2008 | Posted by David in Live Shows - (0 Comments)

We just recieved these shots from the show in Indianapolis. Looks like a great space and it’s great that people were given gloves to handle the books.




We’re on show in the USA

August 5th, 2008 | Posted by David in Live Shows - (0 Comments)

The Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis have put some of our work on show during their current month-long exhibition, and it is receiving praise and interest. And we’ve been informed of a strange co-incidence in that John Ringhofer, our latest collaboratee, has also played a show there in the past. The Center sounds very astutely run, and what we’ve heard about Indianapolis paints it as a very interesting place, a proper post-industrial playground. Big flats, big studios, faded grandeur…  

The show has been a huge success, we’re told, with over 600 visitors on Friday and 250 on Sunday, and we’re looking forward to seeing some images of the show.

Thanks to everyone who came along and joined us for our evening at the Foundry. We’d been making this print all week with John Ringhofer of Half-handed Cloud {above}, and it culminated in this music and live-print show {below}, featuring the 12 foot wide vinyl {or LLLP!} spinning stage. Special thanks to John and also to Annette, Ariel, Bruce, Evan, Kerry, Mike and Murray who helped bring it to fruition. The print is now available to buy here for £15. It is silkscreened white, red and silver on textured bordeaux paper, manufactured using wind-power, with three linocuts in the windows at the bottom.

We’ll be on the radio again tomorrow, I’ve pasted in the info from John Ringhofer’s bulletin: 

Hello!Thanks to those that came-out to tonight’s live printmaking/sing-a-long peformance in London on the giant 12-foot turntable. Really fun. We’ll try to post pictures before too long.

For those who couldn’t make it, we’re going to play on London radio on Friday, June 27th on the local, avant-garde(?) radio station. We’ll be on the “Late Late Breakfast” show (at The Foundry) from 12noon-1pm (London Time).

For more information, listen here:

We’ll be streaming live, and you can text-in messages to us. It’s very informal, and the Henningham Family Press and I will just be one of the guests there.

It’s mostly discussion, but I think we’ll be playing one or two of the new songs, also? Feel free to listen in!

You may have often heard us praising the gifts of John Ringhofer, the man behind Half-handed Cloud. Now you can hear him for yourselves! John is coming to do a print with us, and to celebrate that print, we’re putting on an event with him at the Foundry bringing together the pressing of prints that we do, and the pressing of vinyl records; one of John’s preferred formats…


We’ll be bringing back the live printing in a set that will include HhC songs never heard before and a ‘vinyl’ record 12 feet wide {rather than inches}.


Come and join in!

As the evening light grew dim on a drizzly wet London, a man wearing sneakers mounted on speakers thunked heavily up a small stair case and the room full of people fell into silence. Then he pressed play on the tape recorder, and an old man’s voice, fuzzy from the nearly obselete audio equipment, boomed out…

“Good evening and welcome. Tonight the Henningham Family Press will be introducing to you their latest book, entitled ‘The Erroneous Disposition of the People’, and written by David Barnes, David Henningham and Wade Bradshaw…”


At the risk of sounding a bit like an award ceremony, we just wanted to say an especially big thank you to Kerry Yong and Nick Houston who were heroes in helping us move and make sound equipment work, and also Uncle Geof, who read Wade’s stories for us. Also thank you to everyone who came on Monday night to help us launch this book. We hope you had a lovely time. Those of you who didn’t quite make it, don’t despair! We’ve put it up on our website bookshelf already, and we’ll be taking it to our future events. Or you could always pop in and have a look at it – that way you’ll get tea too.



On the 2nd June, 7.30pm, we’ll be having a reading from our new book upstairs at the Reliance pub in Shoreditch. It’s called “the Erroneous Disposition of the People” and it was written by David Barnes, David Henningham, and Wade Bradshaw. We took the chapter headings from Thomas Brownes ‘Pseudodoxia Epidemica’ {‘common misconceptions’} and used them as titles for new poems and prose. We will also be cracking out the sneaker speakers for the night!

To make absolutely sure you can get in {the room is small} RSVP through our email, which you can find on our homepage, to me or ping and we’ll put you on our guestlist.

I’ll be on the panel at the Foundry tomorrow for a radio show from 12pm to 1pm. It’s resonance 104.4FM

20th Century Launch last night

April 30th, 2008 | Posted by David in Live Shows - (0 Comments)

Thanks to everyone who came to the Foundry last night. It was a great evening for us and we were really pleased that all the hard work culminated well.


We constructed a 6′ black cube on which all 100 copies of the edition could sit, leaving a space when one was sold. The circle underneath is a rotating plate; if we turned it really fast, copies began to fall off the shelves. This didn’t worry us, though, knocking things off a shop display is an everyday but rather entertaining episode. I’ll be following this evening up by joining some other guests of the Foundry on Friday between 12-1pm on Resonance radio.

The 20th Century Trailer

April 17th, 2008 | Posted by David in Live Shows | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

This video accompanies the release of ‘The 20th Century’, by Michael James Jones and the Henningham Family Press. We will be celebrating its release at the Foundry, 86 Great Eastern Street, from 7pm on 29th April 2008. You are welcome to come and have a drink and a look.