It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Fellow Paul Delrue. Paul had been ill for some months and following a nasty fall prior to Christmas was treated in hospital and then, with a deteriorating prognosis, moved to the local community hospital in Ruthin a couple of weeks or so ago where he died early on Friday morning.

As well as being a superb and unique bookbinder with a huge catalogue of work behind him, he will be sadly missed by his large network of bookbinding friends and colleagues, and especially the many binders who he taught and who went on to achieve success in their own right – this includes current Fellows Dominic Riley and Glenn Malkin. He was irreverent, empathetic, loveably eccentric, and hugely talented. He leaves a significant hole in the world of bookbinding.

– Glenn Malkin, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders

Paul Delrue was unique in our world. He had a very poor start in life and went on to live a great one. He never had any money, but he had magic hands. He served a traditional apprenticeship and then taught himself to be an artist. He started, and ended, his long career in Wales, and never learnt a word of Welsh. He passed on the craft he loved to many young people, including Adam, his latest ‘find’.

He may have produced more artistic bindings than any other of his contemporaries, and his work is cherished by discerning collectors everywhere. He loved music, good food, gossip, and was a natural and passionate socialist.

He was my first teacher. I owe him everything.
He was also the funniest person I have ever met, and the best read.
May the stars always shine upon him.

– Dominic Riley, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders