All posts by Messrs. Dash & Dare

Messrs. Dash & Dare is a creative studio based near Bath, UK, providing brand & marketing, graphic design & illustration and publishing solutions to clients large and small.

Bonjour Mr Inshaw

Bonjour Mr Inshaw. Poems by Peter Robinson. Paintings by David Inshaw
Two Rivers Press

Bonjour Mr Inshaw is a homage by the award-winning poet Peter Robinson to David Inshaw, the celebrated painter, whom he first met during the artist’s years as Creative Arts Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the mid-1970s.

Robinson’s poems combine memories of Inshaw’s paintings, or characteristic landscapes, with experiences of his company and conversation, presented in an en face format.

John Froy: The Art of Peter Hay

The Art of Peter Hay, by John Froy with Martin Andrews
Two Rivers Press

Peter Hay (1951–2003) was a visionary artist whose work has a poetic and mystical quality. A fine draughtsman, watercolorist and inventive printmaker, he was at heart a figurative artist. He had a strong sense of place; the junction of the rivers Thames and Kennet close to his Reading home was a frequent symbolic theme in his work, which moves into abstraction through striking use of black and white and a rich use of colour.

This book brings together, for the first time, the range of this prolific artist’s work.

Oscar Wilde: The Ballad of Reading Gaol

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde. Illustrations by Peter Hay
Two Rivers Press

A powerfully-illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde’s classic poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written in self-imposed exile in France in 1898. An indictment of the prison system and the death penalty, the poem’s ‘hellish truthfulness’ is an anguished plea for prison reform and a passionate expression of sympathy for his fellow prisoners.

Handheld Modern

Handheld Modern series
Handheld Press

We are extremely proud to be working with Handheld Press, purveyor of unputdownable books by authors past and present. We’ve been with Handheld almost from day one, acting as a virtual in-house design department for this excellent Bath-based independent publisher.

The Handheld Classics series runs well into the double figures now and presents forgotten fiction and authors that deserve to be rediscovered, with introductions and notes by experts.

Handheld Research tells stories from scholarly research in plain English.

Handheld Modern (pictured above) delivers excellent modern fiction and non-fiction from living authors and has featured Handheld’s first full-frontal cover photo.

As well as books, we also provide marketing design support for the Press.

Handheld Research

Handheld Research series
Handheld Press

We are extremely proud to be working with Handheld Press, purveyor of unputdownable books by authors past and present. We’ve been with Handheld almost from day one as a virtual in-house design department for this excellent Bath-based independent publisher.

The Handheld Classics series runs well into the double figures now and presents forgotten fiction and authors that deserve to be rediscovered, with introductions and notes by experts.

Handheld Research (pictured above) tells stories from scholarly research in plain English.

Handheld Modern delivers excellent modern fiction and non-fiction from living authors and has featured Handheld’s first full-frontal cover photo.

As well as books, we also provide marketing design support for the Press.