national poetry day

In celebration of National Poetry Day this year: here’s an extract from an epic poem written by one of our dear friends, Heathcote Williams that was first published back in 1991.

IN 1885 Karl Benz constructed the first automobile.
It had three wheels, like an invalid car,
And ran on alcohol, like many drivers.
Since then about seventeen million people have been killed by them
In an undeclared war;
And the whole of the rest of the world is in danger of being run over
Due to squabbles about their oil.
If an alien was to hover a few hundred yards above the planet
It could be forgiven for thinking
That cars were the dominant life-form,
And that human beings were a kind of ambulatory fuel cell:
Injected when the car wished to move off,
And ejected when they were spent.

National Poetry day is today Thursday October 6th 2016.   National Poetry Day, the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical. It is an initiative of the Forward Arts Foundation, a charity that celebrates excellence in poetry and widens its audience. We bring together leading poetry, literacy and literary organisations around a shared purpose: promoting the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry – further details of its aims and events can be found here

For more information about the work of Heathcote Williams try wiki here

Or read an article in the Independent about his latest book Brexit Boris here

Carbon Colour prints short run books, posters and leaflets featuring poetry, business information and all kinds of other text.  So if you have a self publishing idea, a need for some new brochures for your business with or without poetry, then give us a call to explore just what we can do for you on 01235 438 938


membership and event tags

When you meet someone at a tagged event or in a conference venue doesn’t it help that you can read the name on the tag at the end of their lanyard.  Try it next time you go to an event.

Add a QR code, some colour, a logo or strap line and make them unique.  Printed double sided always makes more sense, use a more substantial board, laminate them, or encapsulate them if they need to last longer or for more than one occasion.  Our Gravitas board allows layering in colours and additional thicknesses – so its a great way to make something simple a little more memorable.



binding box

We’ve recently launched our little binding box – intended to help our clients it includes mini samples of all of our most popular binding methods.

It includes fully made up bound examples showing, Half Canadian, Full Canadian, Glued back, Stab Stitch, PUR Perfect Bound, Wire-o-bound, Spiral Binding as well as drilled with post inter-screws, (or binding posts) Saddle Stitched and Split Wire Bound.  Brilliant when you want a little bit of inspiration for your latest brochure or if you just aren’t sure exactly which binding technique is which.  Get in touch if you are interested in seeing one of these boxes in the flesh, we don’t post them out but we’d be delighted to come along and see you with one.


Great fathers day cards

Doing some really different greeting cards this week for a new designer

Take a look at the work of Heidi Nicole here



getting ready for kick off

we’ve just finished putting together the finishing touches to Rugby-bannersour latest web to print solution for England 2015.

all in preparation for the Rugby World Cup being held next year across the UK.

clubs can now order bespoke pull up banners with their club name and bespoke contact details, pay for them online and receive a bespoke banner to help promote involvement in the forthcoming tournament all within a few days.

clubs get to preview and approve their banner, download a pdf if needed and adjust content to suit their requirements.