Celebrating Sally Castle, Two Rivers Press artist and calligrapher

When Sally Castle designed her first book for Two Rivers Press, she could not have imagined that fifteen years after Rimbaud’s The Drunken Boat hit the booksellers’ shelves, she would be completing her thirtieth book cover for Two Rivers.  And Peter Robinson’s Foreigners, Drunks and Babies, out now, coincidentally celebrates her sixtieth birthday!



During Sally’s association with Two Rivers Press, she has redesigned the press logo by combining her own letters with rubber stamp prints of Peter Hay’is logo, used on books and publicity for the Press, is now available on canvas tote bags.

All Sally’s designs and illustrations for Two River’s poetry and local interest books, including eleven drawings of Reading’s places of worship for Believing in Reading, are founded upon extensive research, built up by experimentation and the development of sketchbook ideas.  Leaving no stone unturned, one early book, Gridlines, used architect’s plans complete with builders’ marks and other research has included trips to the British Library, for the lettering in Sumer is Icumen in and investigating the physiognomy of the brain for Cloud Camera.

Sally is currently using linocut prints or mixed media collage for final illustrations and often experiments and develops her artwork further for exhibitions and galleries. This summer Sally Castle’s work can be seen on the Henley Arts Trail 4/5/6 May, the Whiteknights Studio Trail 15/16 June and from 8 June at Hartley Witney’s gallery fifty five.

More information on Sally’s work can be found on her own website, http://www.sallycastle.co.uk or on http://tworiverspress.com.  Further details of her current exhibitions can be obtained on http://www.studiotrail.co.uk, http://www.henleyartstrail.com and http://galleryfiftyfive.co.uk.


By Susan Rose