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A fascinating new book, Strange Types & Odd Sorts: A Peek into the World of Print in Ireland, has been printed on Novatech Matt from Antalis.

The book is a collaboration between the National Print Museum in Dublin and Fighting Words, a creative writing organisation co-founded by author Roddy Doyle.


The book, which has been printed on Novatech Matt 170 and 350 gm2, features over 40 stories and anecdotes from printers and compositors. They worked with a team of mentors from Fighting Words to document their memories of apprenticeships and working in jobbing houses, newspapers and binderies – a world very different to that of today’s printing houses. With titles such as ‘Finger Pointing’ and ‘Budget Night Frenzy,’ this collection of stories is sure to prompt memories and conversations among printers, past and present.

The selection of paper is especially important for a publication about print, so choosing a material worthy of this book was particularly significant. The National Print Museum opted for Novatech Matt because of its bulk and feel. The coating of this two side coated, woodfree paper results in flawless performance on the press, together with dot excellence. It produces images and pictures that are true to life, vibrant and accurate. Novatech Matt also offers high opacity and is archival guaranteed for more than 200 years, making it the ideal choice for the printing of books.

Carla Marrinan Funder, CEO, National Print Museum, said: ‘This book documents the memories of letterpress printers and compositors from the industry of the second half of the 20th century. In creating a book dedicated to craftspeople, it was only appropriate that we work with some of the best of today's suppliers and printers to produce a beautiful book. We could not be happier with the end result – a true celebration of print past and present.’


Five hundred copies of this beautifully designed and printed book have been produced by Dublin based Westside Press, printed on its Komori Lithrone G4OP.

Antalis donated B1 sheets of Olin Colours Baby Blue to produce a limited edition dust jacket. The sheets were printed by Mary Plunket, the museum’s education officer, who is also a letterpress printer.


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