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Barbara A Morton

Biography

Barbara A Morton is a St Andrews based author, artist, curator and book maker. In 2014 she established Entropie Books to publish small editions of her poetry, literature, artist books, and pamphlets. Her artistic and literary practice incorporates the arts of poetry, printmaking, bookbinding, typography, papermaking, and chine-collé to present her literary texts and abstract geometric drawings in an exact and deliberate visual form.

The environment, the home of the text, is critical. Likewise, typography ~ how the text resides upon the page ~ is crucial. Resisting uniformity of design each published title is hand-crafted and intuitively considered to achieve an equilibrium of artistic form and literary content.

Her writing is published widely in national and international journals and anthologies. And her books and prints have been exhibited in Scotland by the Royal Scottish Academy, The Edinburgh Drawing School, Dundee Contemporary Arts, The Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Birnam Institute, and The Edinburgh College of Art Library. She is the recipient of literary and artistic awards, most recently the prestigious Meffan Institute Purchase Prize for The Word Itself is a Musical Sound.

Drawing on the symmetry of patterns and ideas emerged from publications by Entropie Books, a series of new titles are being composed for 2021. And, with an awareness of emerging and developing forms of presentation and accessibility, projects are currently under design to exhibit a series of texts digitally, and without compromising artistic and literary content.

All titles, to date, have been acquired by the National Library of Scotland and may be viewed, upon request, at the Special Collections Reading Room, Edinburgh. A selection of books and pamphlets are available for consultation at the Scottish Poetry Library.

Links

STANZA ~ Scotland’s International Poetry Festival March 2021
St Andrews Scotland

Edinburgh College of Art

McNaughtan’s Antiquarian Book Store
3A Haddington Place
Edinburgh
EH7 4AE

Visual Arts Scotland

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery

The National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1EW

The Scottish Poetry Library
Crichton’s Close
Canongate
Edinburgh
EH8 8DT