The Salvage Press, a press devoted to preserving excellence in typography and letterpress printing, have reprinted Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal’ – a biting satire that still has the power to shock. Designer and typographer Jamie Murphy has composed and printed the type by hand. A series of lithographs have been commissioned to accompany the text from artist David O’Kane, alongside a suite of new poems by poet (and EPIC’s Museum Curator) Jessica Traynor. Only 35 copies will be published.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum invites you to join them for a panel discussion with the artists on the various ancient and modern processes that went into bringing this exciting multidisciplinary project to life, and for a rare opportunity to glimpse the finished book, all in the company of renowned Swift expert Andrew Carpenter.
This event is part of the inaugural Jonathan Swift Festival, taking place this year to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of one of Ireland’s most revered writers. Tickets to this event are free, but as capacity is limited advance booking is required. Click here to book your tickets via Eventbrite.
To read more about the inspiration behind the project, as well as examples of the illustrations and poems click here to read Jessica Traynor’s article in The Irish Times. To find out more about the Jonathan Swift Festival and view the full programme of events click here.