Free books

Open access is central to the ethos of Regular Marvels, and each book is added to this page on publication.

The books,  their associated artwork and all the content of this website, can be downloaded under Creative Commons 3.0 terms, which means that you are free to copy and distribute them for non-commercial purposes (but not to change them), provided you acknowledge the rights of the creators.

No registration or email is required: just click on the relevant links below. If you would like a printed copy of the books, please contact the relevant organisations: they may make a small charge to cover costs and postage. Alternatively, please get in touch with me via the contact page and I’ll do my best to help.

Regular Marvel 5: A Wider Horizon

A Wider HorizonA Wider Horizon, Creative Arts East and Rural Touring, Text by François Matarasso, drawings by Rosie Redzia

> Click here to download a PDF of A Wider Horizon (5MB)

> To order the paperback for $5 plus postage please contact

For a copy of the printed book, please contact: Creative Arts East, 19 Griffin Court, Market Street, Wymondham NR18 0GU Tel: 01953 713390 Email:

Regular Marvel 4: The Light Ships

The Light Ships Cover BThe Light Ships, Church, Art and Community in the Lincolnshire Fens

Text and photographs by François Matarasso

ISBN 978-0-9929966-1-1

> Click here to download a Lo-Res PDF of The Light Ships (file size 4.5MB)

> Click here to download a HI-Res PDF of The Light Ships (file size 14.5MB)


> To order the paperback for £5 plus postage please contact Transported


Regular Marvel 3: Bread and Salt

Bread and Salt coverBread and Salt: Stories of Art and Migration / Brood en zout: Verhalen over kunst en migratie

Written by François Matarasso, with images by Bill Ming, and two poems in Hindi by Mohan Rana; Dutch text by Marco Derks

ISBN  978-9-081-60505-2 (English)

ISBN 978-90-816050-6-9 (Dutch)

> Click here to download a Lo-Res PDF of Bread and Salt in English (file size 10MB) 

> Click here to download a Hi-Res PDF of Bread and Salt in English (file size 85MB)

> Click here to download a PDF of Brood en Zout (Bread and Salt in Dutch) (file size 18MB)

> To order the paperback (in English or Dutch), please email Vrede van Utrecht 

> Click here to view the online archive of Bread and Salt  on this site

Regular Marvel 2: Winter Fires

Winter Fires CoverWinter Fires, Art and Agency in Old Age

Written by François Matarasso, with portraits by Mik Godley

80 pages + 10 colour plates; ISBN 978-1-906172-16-9

Published by the Baring Foundation 27 November 2012

> Click here to download a PDF of Winter Fires (file size 4.5MB)

> To order the paperback, please email the Baring Foundation

> Click here to view the online archive  of Winter Fires  on this site.

Regular Marvel 1: Where We Dream

Where we dream coverWhere We Dream West Bromwich Operatic Society and the Fine Art of Musical Theatre

Written by François Matarasso, with a film by Benjamin Wigley and 25 full page photographs by Kate Jackson and François Matarasso.

100 pages; ISBN 978 0 9563457 9 0

Published by Multistory 1 May 2012

> Click here to download a PDF of Where We Dream (file size 7.6MB)

> To order the paperback, with DVD, please email Multistory 

> Click  here to view the online archive  of Where We Dream archive on this site.

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