Red Fez Books is an independent publishing venture set up initially to publish my own work, but a conversation in a skatepark in Leeds with writer Jono Coote led to a new chapter and new book which is currently receiving encouraging reviews as well as orders from across the (not quite dead yet) planet.
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Having taken the unusual decision to learn to skateboard at the age of fifty one five years ago, smorgasBOARD describes the author's initiation into a fascinating new world, one where the 'DIY ethos' appears to run alongside the corporate giants of what has now become an Olympic sport. Via a number of recipes, anecdotes, interviews and illustrations, inspired by visits to social skate projects both abroad and at home in the UK, smorgasBOARD serves up a culinary adventure on a concrete plate.
24 pages, A5 paperback with illustrations by Cat Bruce
Harry and Daisy Learn to Skateboard is a series of books designed, not only for children, but for mums and dads to help their children progress in a safe manner. This book will help the parents’ knowledge in skateboarding as well as help their children develop their skills.
Craig Rothney has been skateboarding for as long as he can remember. Craig has skated all over the world where he has continuously helped kids get the basics in skateboarding and simplified where they can progress and feel more confident on their boards. Craig has been spreading the love and passion of skateboarding since the 1980s.
120 pages, paperback with cover flaps. Chapter Head illustrations by Lewis Brownlie.
No Beer on a Dead Planet chronicles Jono Coote's travels through the skateparks, hinterlands, industrial wastelands and suburban sprawls of modern day Australia and New Zealand. Set against a chaotic background of skateboarding's mainstream acceptance, looming Olympic inclusion, climate change, institutional racism, the decline of Western civilisation and religiously observant dogs, it attempts to capture a sense of why skateboarders are traditionally such a nomadic tribe and how that affects our experiences of travel. From the drunken excesses of Brisbane skate-house parties to the spiritual epiphanies offered by Milford Sound, and from Instagram-obsessed skatepark mums in Melbourne to bigoted ex-cops in Newcastle, this is Antipodean life seen through a lens of skateboarding culture at a crucial point of change for both Australasia and for skateboarding's culture itself.