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 Cheshire, 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. Each year he teaches summer school at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and across the USA. In 2016 he taught at Montfiascone in Italy, and this year presented at the Australian conference on Islamic Box Binding, going on to conduct a teaching tour in Australia and New Zealand. Michael has a particular interest in the structures of ancient and medieval bindings. He has also researched the history of the pastpapers of the Moravian Sisters of Hernhutt, and in 2017 was invited to lecture on the topic at the Czech bookbinders’ conference in Jihlava, Moravia. He 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 Conservator-Restorer member of the Institute of Conservation and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. She co-runs Dragon Press Bindery in Wiltshire, providing book conservation, bookbinding and letterpress-printing services. A graduate in English from Cambridge University, Philippa trained in book and paper conservation at the Getty Research Institute, California. As well as practising privately, she has held positions at the Huntington Library in California, The National Archives in Kew and the Royal Collection Trust, where she was Head of the Royal Bindery in Windsor Castle until September 2019. While at the Royal Collection, Philippa was instrumental in establishing The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme ongoing pilot to revitalise hand bookbinding apprenticeships and directed the programme. She remains involved in the scheme’s governance and curriculum. Philippa regularly teaches and gives presentations nationally and internationally, and is Chair of the London & South region of the Society of Bookbinders.
Dominic Riley is a bookbinder, artist, 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 Cheshire, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He specializes in restoration and design binding, has won many prizes in various competitions, and was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. He has written extensively on the history of the craft, and his two major articles, on Cloth Rebacking and Millimetre Binding, were published in Bookbinder, the journal of SoB. 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. Earlier in 2019 he taught at Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland, and presented at the Australian Conference, followed by a teaching tour in Australia and New Zealand. He is President of the Society of Bookbinders.