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Aldeburgh book design by Silk Pearce

A new book has been designed by Silk Pearce for those with an interest in fishing town Aldeburgh and the surrounding Suffolk landscape.

Silk Pearce has donated the work in kind towards the Aldeburgh Music Development Plan, with royalties from book sales also helping to fund the plan.

The ‘New Aldeburgh Anthology’ – compiled by Ariane Bankes and Jonathan Reekie, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music – touches on many aspects of the region’s enduring appeal including its local and natural history, the visual arts, ecology and economy.

The book was inspired by Ronald Blythe’s classic ‘Aldeburgh Anthology’ of 1972 but is very much a new work for the 21st century covering a diverse range of subjects for today’s readers.

Silk Pearce has designed the book’s styling and typography, as well as its key pages, colour sections and chapter dividers. The eight chapter dividers use playful typographical versions of quotes from Benjamin Britten operas but in a fresh, idiosyncratic way starting with ‘glitter of waves’ for the sea and concluding with ‘beneath a dazzling sky’ for the final section on land, river and marsh.

Peter Silk, joint creative director at the consultancy, also photographed the book’s front cover image of a fishing boat on Aldeburgh beach but has highlighted a rope lying alongside in bright yellow as a contemporary twist on a classic scene.

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