Michael Burke studied Chemistry at Leeds University, going on to work in Occupational Health and Safety. He later moved to California and studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He now lives in the Lake District, where he teaches bookbinding. In recent years he has demonstrated at several Society of Bookbinders’ conferences, and taught many workshops for both SoB and Designer Bookbinders across the UK. He has presented at the Guild of Bookworkers Standards Seminar in the USA, and conducted teaching tours in Australia, New Zealand and Brazil. Last summer he taught at Montfiascone in Italy. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and across the USA. Michael has a particular interest in the structures of ancient and medieval bindings, and has a Masters degree in the History of the Book from the University of London.
Dieter Räder has been binding books for the past forty years. He started by serving a full bookbinding apprenticeship in Germany before spending a year teaching bookbinding, then working for two years as a bookbinder in Marseilles and Vienna. Arriving in the UK in 1983 for a holiday, he decided to stay and worked in London for two years under the guidance of Robert Green, specializing in the restoration of antiquarian books and fine bindings. In the early nineties he opened his own bindery in Somerset which he ran for over eighteen years. In 2009 Dieter established and managed the new fine binding and restoration department of a commercial bindery in west London, where he also held workshops. In early 2017, Dieter returned to full-time private practice in Wiltshire. His clients range from individual private collectors and booksellers to major university libraries, museums, and the Royal Collection.
Philippa Räder is an accredited book conservator-restorer member of the Institute of Conservation (Icon). She studied English at Cambridge University, was employed in publishing in London followed by antiquarian book dealing in Los Angeles, then trained in book and paper conservation at the Getty Research Institute, California. She was thereafter a book conservator for the Huntington Library, California and The National Archives in Kew, as well as working in private practice, before joining the staff of the Royal Collection Trust. Keeping a foot in both conservation and bookbinding worlds, Philippa is Head of the Royal Bindery in Windsor Castle and director of training for The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme, a pilot programme to re-establish bookbinding apprenticeships in the UK. She regularly presents at national and international conferences and seminars, and is Chairman of the London & South region of the Society of Bookbinders.
Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, lecturer and teacher. He studied Art History and English at Leeds University, and bookbinding at the London College of Printing. He lived for ten years in San Francisco, where he founded the bookbinding programme at the Center for the Book: he returns there each summer to teach. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He specializes in restoration and design binding, and has won many prizes in various competitions. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the V&A. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. Dominic co-founded both the SoB Seminar and the SoB/DB joint workshop series. He is President of the Society of Bookbinders.