Cover designs: celebrating the work of Rika Newcombe

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.

The cover of our launch publication, Rethinking Creative Writing NBI, uses an image from Rika’s ‘Ruins and Relics‘ gallery. For a peek at the cover, please click here: SV RCW cover.


About Anthony Haynes

Director, Frontinus Ltd Communications Associate, FJWilson Talent Services


  1. When people don’t have a particular book in mind, they check the cover and the summary on the backside of the book while deciding a book to buy. May be this a natural phenomenon for the book purchasers. The creative cover design had always been a challenging and inevitable part for a book publishing, and in my opinion, even in this e-book era p-book needs a dazzling and appealing cover. Thx for the post… I’ve checked the Rika Newcombe’s Gallery. Though I never heard of her, I think she is a brilliant and exceptional artist; specially her fabulous collection of “Traces from the Past”…

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