Nick Gill

letterpress printer, typefounder & hot metal typesetter

I began printing in 2008, working with Phil Abel at Hand & Eye Letterpress in London. Soon after, I began volunteering at Monotype Hot Metal [based at the Type Archive], making Monotype matrices and cutting punches. I began running Monotype Casters in around 2010, and established Effra Press & Typefoundry when we moved to North Yorkshire in 2017.

I was awarded a QEST Scholarship for my work in typefounding, and studied punchcutting with Stan Nelson in the US.

I have experience of running tabletop-, treadle-, hand-fed powered- and automatic platen presses; Albion and Columbian hand presses; powered and manual repro presses; cutting typographic punches by hand; casting type in a hand mould; running Monotype Composition and Super casters; engraving matrices directly using a pantograph; bookbinding; papermaking; various decorative and artistic printmaking processes.

I’m currently Printer-in-residence at the University of York, working at Thin Ice Press. I’m also setting up an MA module in Letterpress Printing at the university, which will have its first students in 2023.

With Professor Helen Smith, I’m helping to set up the York Centre for Print: a publicly-accessible printing and book arts workshop in the centre of York, opening in 2023.

I’m part of the expert panel invited by University of Wales Trinity St David to help reinvigorate Gregynog Press / Gwasg Gregynog and to bring it back into full operation.

When I’m not working in the world of printing, I’m a playwright, musician and composer.