Thursday 19 April 2018


Dominic  Riley

Let the Games Begin!

Robert Dover was credited with inventing the modern Olympic Games in England in 1612.


The games are still held annually in June on Dover’s Hill in Chipping Campden organised by the Robert Dover Society.

Dominic Riley tells the story of the Olympics and shows how, in 2013, he restored a copy of the book Annalia Dubrensia which contains tributes from Dover’s admirers such as Ben Johnson.


Dominic is a bookbinder, artist and teacher. He first learnt bookbinding from Benedictine monks and later at the London College of Printing.
He has worked at the V and A as well as binderies in America. He has his own bindery and teaches master classes.
He is Vice president of the Society of Bookbinders and a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. He has won many prizes in the Designer Bookbinders competitions and in 2013 one of his designs was acquired by The Bodleian Library.