Some commentators have suggested that, in the digital age, book covers are becoming less important. We think the opposite. For e-books, the front cover of a book provides the icon by which it is represented in online bookstores. And, as texts become available in electronic format, it becomes increasingly important that the print book (or ‘p-book’) offers the reader more in the form of enhanced physical properties – a point argued more fully in a post on Monographer’s Blog. Increasingly, p-books need to be well-crafted objects that are good to handle and to own.
Given the importance of cover design, we wanted to ensure that all our Creative Writing Studies feature an art work on the front cover. We are delighted, therefore, to have signed an agreement with Toky0-born, Cambridge-based artist Rika Newcombe to use images from her paintings.
Rika has won the Linklaters Printmaking Award, the Galleries Magazine Award, and the London Print Studio Award at the National Print Exhibition. Her work is inspired by traces from the past – fossils, ruins, and relics – and explores the woven history of the earth.