Missorts Volume II book launch

Date 10.12.14

Time from 10th December



Due to be published in December 2013 in a limited edition of 250, you can pre-order a first edition print copy of Tony White’s novella, Missorts Volume II from Situations at


Taking its title from a Post Office term used to describe letters that have got lost in the system, Missorts Volume II takes the cityscape of Bristol as the inspiration for a contemporary work of fiction. Set in the shadow of the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office that is never far from local headlines, Missorts Volume II is a timely reflection on how the city impacts on the imaginative life of its residents.

Available from 10th December 2013 in a limited edition of 250, this will be the first print edition of the novella, which was originally published as a free e-book in 2012 by Situations in partnership with Bristol City Council to accompany Tony White’s permanent public sound work Missorts.

Design of the edition’s cover was the subject of an open-call design prize earlier this year. The winning design from graphics agency ‘An Endless Supply’ was selected from a shortlist of ten by design historian Emily King and the award-winning graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge.

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Research for Missorts Volume II was initially undertaken in 2007–8, supported by Media Office as part of the research phase for a planned public art programme for the re-development of the former Royal Mail Sorting Office, Temple Meads, Bristol in association with Ginkgo Projects Ltd. Further research and completion of the novella was undertaken in Bristol and London throughout 2012 with Situations as part of the permanent public art project, 'Missorts.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.