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Kindle Edition – 99p

Book Becomes Book is a unique, digital artists’ book created specifically to be read on the Kindle. It is a fun and thoughtful read which takes the form of a poetic narrative that uses the features of the ebook reader to bring the story to life in an imaginative way.

Book Becomes Book - Interior Image on Kindle
Book Becomes Book – Interior Image on Kindle

The artwork was originally created as an artistic experiment, and was so popular that I made available for a wider audience.

Reader Reviews

“This is a beautiful work, playing between the possibilities of the kindle and it’s book ancestor- embracing the screen and exploring the page….”

– Amazon User Review

“Easily as beautiful as a physical book. Oddly moving and incredibly engaging narrative. Great to see someone playing with the idea of what an (e)book can be.”

– Amazon User Review

“A nice reminder on my Kindle of what art is and can do, and what we need books for.”

– Amazon User Review
Book Becomes Book - Interior Image on Kindle
Book Becomes Book – Interior Image on Kindle

Paperback – £7

Written in the midst of travel and at points of reflection, Journeys Become Stories is an eclectic and thoughtful selection of illustrated poems. This volume represents Chris’ first collection of Poetic Experiments, a series of small poems about those small everyday moments that often define our character and make us the person that we are.

Book cover and interior pages of the book Journeys Become Stories
Book cover and interior pages of the book Journeys Become Stories

The individual poems can be found on my Instagram and YouTube channels and the book is available direct from the printer, here.

Purchase Direct – £7

‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’ is a playful artwork which takes a selection of Goethe’s romantic and colourful poems and makes them suitable for divination.

The book work was originally made for exhibition as part of a group show in Düsseldorf which responded to the work of famous poets, investigating them from a different angle. Goethe’s poetry (and psychically the ‘Divan’) has often been inspired by the work of the Persian poet Hafez, a writer who’s books are frequently used for bibliomancy (divining the future).

Goethe Divan for Divination - Interior Page Spread
Goethe Divan for Divination – Interior Page Spread

The book is intended to be a light-hearted introduction to Geothe’s poetry and includes the original annotations from Alexander Rogers’ 1890 translation.

Goethe is not an author I knew particularly well, so the exhibition provided a great excuse to get to know the work better. I particularly loved the connection between Goethe and Hafez, so wanted to draw a creative parallel between them. I hope you enjoy the experience of happening upon particular poems and discovering Goethe’s poems afresh.

– Chris
Goethe's Divan for Divination - Book Face Down
Goethe’s Divan for Divination – Book Face Down
Goethe's Divan for Divination - Double Page Spread
Goethe’s Divan for Divination – Double Page Spread

The current edition of ‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’ is a paperback. An earlier pamphlet edition is also available from the shop and is featured below.

‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Cover
‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Interior.
‘Goethe’s Divan for Divination’pamphlet edition – Interior Spread

In Stock – £5

‘Lives and Books’ was created for ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’ – a fascinating international project founded in response to the car bombing of a notable street in Iraq that happened on 5th March 2007.

Al-Mutanabbi Street (named after the celebrated Iraqi poet) was a street of booksellers and an intellectual hub – the intention of the project was to invite artists to create new books, to reassemble some of those lost books in a symbolic way.

Lives and Books Interior Detail
Detail of first two pages. Image © Chris Gibson.

‘Lives and Books’ is a green, A6, pamphlet-style book featuring lines of crossed out text that leave single exposed to create a poem, a poem which draws parallels between the flow of our lives and the experience of reading.

“I was intrigued to submit a book to ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’ as the idea of symbolically replacing the lost collection seemed like a thoughtful response to such a brutal act. I didn’t want the book to be overtly political, as it is impossible for me to understand the day-to-day experience of someone immersed in such conflict, so I focussed on more universal idea of reading and how each of our lives might mirror the experience of reading.”

– Chris
Lives and Books - Page Detail. Image © Chris Gibson
Lives and Books – Page Detail. Image © Chris Gibson

Specification: A6 pamphlet, 16 pages, full-colour. Unsigned, unlimited edition. 2013.