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Tara McLeod: a short interview with the master letterpress printer

Currently on show, till Saturday 15 July, in the Special Collections gallery space at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero | Central City Library is the exhibition 'Tara McLeod: About type' . This exhibition shows a selection of beautiful hand-printed books, broadsheets, posters, and ephemera from Tara McLeod’s exceptional career as one of Australasia’s master letterpress printers. Image: Tara McLeod. Hot acrobats perform cheese fog polka. Auckland: Pear Tree Press, 1994. Image: A view of items in an exhibition case, including the 'N' page and the wood type letter 'N' from: 16 inch grotesque: a specimen alphabet of wood type. Auckland: Pear Tree Press, 1998. Librarians Jane Wild and Zoë Colling co-curated the exhibition. Zoë sent Tara some questions, about his life in print, which he has kindly answered below. Zoë Colling: You became an apprentice compositor in the 1960s, working with an Auckland printing company. Tell us about your time working there. Tara McLeod: The suburb