TEDx Fukuoka Women | Using Artists' Books to Connect People | Lucy May Schofield

On May 30th 2015 BABL was introduced to a Japanese audience at the TEDx Fukuoka Women event. It is now available to view online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pr57T0RaSjc
‘The BABL project is a public intervention art work, combining a long established interest in the act of reading, emotional fluency, empathy and art as a therapeutic device. 
Lucy May Schofield is an artist and curator of the ‘Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (BABL)’. BABL is a mobile touring library, home to around 200 artists’ publications, offering a unique reading experience to visitors through a combination of mindfulness and bespoke book prescriptions. Her practice focuses on artists’ books, as vessels to communicate. She has initiated projects to encourage access and exposure to engaging art works since 2002.’

TEDxFUKUOKA WOMEN 'Momentum' Event

I am delighted to have asked to present at this years' 'TEDxFukuoka Women' Event on Saturday May 30th. I will be talking about the 'Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library' project joined by two inspiring speakers whose talks will be based on the event theme 'Momemtum'. 

TEDxFukuokaWomen “Momentum”
Fukuoka, Japan – May 1, 2015
TEDxFukuoka (Joe Okubo, Organizer) will host a public TEDxFukuokaWomen event entitled “Momentum” on Saturday, May 30th, 14:00-19:30, at Momochi Palace (Sawara-ku, Fukuoka).
TEDxFukuokaWomen is one of the 2015 TEDxWomen events being held in Japan. The event will be complemented by 3 exceptional speakers, including Reiko Nakamura, Managing Director of Schawk & Anthem Japan.
This year’s TEDxWomen theme is “Momentum”. In the words of the organizers, “We’ll explore the bold ideas that create momentum in how we think, live and work.”

TEDxWomen session:Session One & Two: 14:00 ~ 17:30 (Open 13:00)
Includes an on-demand screening from Monterey, CA, and three presentations from our local speakers. 
The speakers are as follows:
Izumi Haraga, Nature Art Educator
Reiko Nakamura, Managing Director of Schawk & Anthem Japan
Lucy May Schofield, Artist/Curator, The Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (BABL)
Reception: 18:00 ~ 19:30
Application for tickets: http://peatix.com/event/78911/
More Details can be found at:

BABL went to Brighton for Press & Release

There's no better place to be on a gloriously warm weekend than Brighton. Heading to the sea with the full BABLibrary in tow and a few special friends to help transport her, we listened, prescribed, laughed and basked in the delight of all those we met. The fabulous Press & Release exhibition lived up to the hype and was a joy to behold. Karin, Belinda, Sumi, Ben, Anna, Pip, all the Borbons and even Prof Mizrah - my thanks to all you lovely lovely people. x

BABL to Brighton




An Afternoon of Books

Saturday 1 June, 2 – 5 pm, £1 entry

Immerse yourself in a lively mix of talks, workshops and special events, and learn more about resources and networks for book artists. Borbonesa, a collaborative trio of book artists, will give an illustrated talk about their work, Jakie Batey shows you how to make zines, and Lucy May Schofield will offer visitors a session of 'bibliotherapy'. You can also roll up your sleeves and try some drop-in workshops covering simple book formats, collage and working with downloadable books; there will be a café, stalls, networking activities and more. Check the website for full details.

Cornerhouse Show & Tell *tomorrow*

*Tomorrow* - Saturday 16th between 4 - 6pm I will be giving a 5 minute presentation as part of the 'Show & Tell' event at The Cornerhouse.

They say 'Come and get a taste of what’s happening in the minds of some of the city’s leftfield innovators, as we bring Manchester’s visual arts community and thriving digital design sector together in a playful and informal setting.'Eight artists and designers will make lightning-quick presentations about a current project, experiment or source of inspiration – the ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  

First up is Artist and book binder Lucy May Schofield, curator of The Bibliotherapy Artist’s Book Library (BABL), a touring mobile library home to over 150 artists’ books. If you want to check her work out, it’s on at Paper Gallery now.

News for you in 2013

New Courses have been announced at Hot Bed Press to begin the year creatively.
I will be running three courses this term including 'Clamshell Presentation Boxes', 'Typewriter Art' and 'Book making for Artists Level 1', so have a peek over here at what's coming up.

The Lovely Simon Goode at the groundbreaking London Center for Book Arts (LCBA) was featured in the Guardian yesterday, along with an image of my book Roadkill. I have been asked to deliver an exciting new workshop in early February at the center, with details soon to follow.

I also have a couple of outings planned for BABL in the coming months, so do keep your eyes peeled for that beautiful beast of a van, Dolores, meandering through the countryside. 


The Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library (BABL) will be part of 'Place', interventions across location, space and memory for Coastal Currents in Hastings. Tomorrow, on Saturday 18th September BABL will be on Kings Road in St. Leonards providing all the usual comfort through artists' books and on Sunday 19th in the Rock-a-Nore area of Hastings. Pop by if you feel so inclined. I'll be there with listening ears.

From A to B

BABL is heading to Dover tomorrow as part of the exhibition 'from A to B', a collection of artists' interventions, digital media, sound and performance in Dover Town Centre by a selection of British and French artists. You will find BABL in Market Square between 11am and 5pm on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th September housed in a unique purpose built temporary structure very much resembling the H-van. Pop by if you have feel like talking and sharing a ginger beer.

A 20 day week

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The Wellcome Picnic

On Saturday BABL travelled to London to the Wellcome Picnic in Cumberland Market, where the local Camden Community had a beautiful day in the sunshine sharing delicious food. I managed to gobble a sandwich between bibliotherapy consultations and the constant stream of curious visitors, though the shady oak tree and light breeze kept my woes at bay.

Libraries, Picnics & Buses.

On Monday I took my Bibliotherapy Artist's Book Library to Newcastle where I parked up outside the library and opened the boot to tempt the heavy hearts of Blaydon to share their woes with me in the blazing sun, while I prescribed them some reading relief. I also described and read from some of the wonderful books in BABL to an inspiring visually impaired book group.

On Sunday I headed to Yorkshire to perform BABL on a super double decker route master bus as part of the Hebden Bridge Arts festival. Despite the fateful football cries from the pub, I was kept busy prescribing artists' books to those who were captivated by words not goals. BABL will be on the bus once more this Sunday 4th July for a free perusal between 2pm - 6pm.