…As part of the project we wanted to create a limited-edition hardbound book – to be sited in schools and community spaces to help other children and young people in local communities understand something of the boy’s experiences. We also wanted to bring a young graphic design student onto the project – to give her the chance to get involved in something special, and to give her a taste of how the print industry works.

Beth Hall, Art & Design student from Calderdale College, won the competition to work with us and, after spending time with the two Afghan boys, produced the final illustrations for the book.

Beth was able to work with us right through the design stage, which included spending time with Mike and his team at Print Bureau – a really unique opportunity for a student keen to develop a career in design and publishing.

Mike was so supportive and gave Beth a real insight into the workings of a modern print / design business. The Print Bureau also offered us an amazing service in getting this unique book through to publication. Mike was patient as always, solving many problems along the way … making sure that the final product was exactly right for our brief.

The book was launched at a celebration event at Square Chapel Arts Centre, attended by the CEO of Calderdale Council and Mayor of Calderdale Cllr Fermin Ali.

The #5000Miles book is now available in local libraries, schools and bookshops including: The Book Case in Hebden Bridge and Salts Mill Bookshop in Saltaire! It has also been highly-praised by Arts Council of England, where a copy is on display for visitors to the ACE North office.

We know that none of this would have been possible without the experience, quality and attention to detail that Mike and Print Bureau bring to a job. We are very grateful to them.”

Jeff Turner
Verd de Gris Arts