Congratulations to John Sansom of Redcliffe  Press on being awarded a Doctor of Letters honorary degree by the University  of Bristol.

In his oration at a ceremony in the University’s Great Hall,
Michael Liversidge, Emeritus Dean of Arts, said the award was for John’s contribution to publishing and to the South West.   ‘With his wife Angela, he  established Redcliffe Press 35 years ago and
has succeeded in putting Bristol on the national publishing map.  John is being awarded an honorary degree in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field of activity consonant with the University’s mission.

‘The Redcliffe Press rose to local prominence principally but not exclusively as a publisher of books about Bristol, its region and the West Country.  It has made books about the history and culture of Bristol and Bristolians accessible to the public, and has done much to awaken interest in the city and its heritage.’

Redcliffe has now published more than 220 books about Bristol alone, but (through its associated company, Sansom & Co) is also now  known nationally as a leading publisher of books about twentieth-century British art and artists.

‘In this time, he has worked tirelessly with scores of authors, involving himself creatively in the publishing process.  John has also been an active supporter of the Friends of Bristol Art Gallery, Royal West of England Academy, the Bristol Short Story Competition and the Bristol
Review of Books of which he was a founder-editor.

‘The part he has played in Bristol life over several decades has been recognised by the Bristol Evening Post, with its Lifetime Achievement Award and by the City with the rare distinction of a Lord Mayor’s Medal.

‘What has always made Redcliffe Press distinctive has been
the way it reflects its creator’s personal passions and his extraordinary
commitment to, and belief, in the book and authors he publishes.

‘Now it is the University’s turn to add its tribute to a
remarkable and distinguished citizen for what he has contributed to learning, the arts and the community.’