About Paul C Delrue
Paul Delrue was born in Middlesex in 1944. Despite having an unconventional upbringing within the environment of a boys home, Paul showed an aptitude for quality bookbinding whilst still in his teens. This early background which so shaped him as an adult can still clearly be seen in the influences he brings to his artistic interpretation of many of his bindings.
'My Soul Has No Friends' A Childhood Remembered, by Paul C Delrue. 

He bound his first book at just fifteen, and was an apprentice under John Vivien at University College bindery in London in the early sixties. This was the time when he bound his first design binding and achieved immediate recognition for his skill and artistic capability by winning the Harrison Prize for students in 1964. It was also the time that Paul recognised in himself a passion for binding which was to inspire him for the next fifty years.

After helping to restore an internationally important collection of books in Florence in 1966 following a devastating flood, Paul established his own bindery in Bedfordshire in 1971. He moved to Chester in 1984 and has remained in the Cheshire and North Wales area ever since. Paul now lives and works in Ruthin where as well as working on numerous design bindings each year he also mentors, supports and guides several up and coming binders in the traditional skills and techniques of design binding. 

Paul became a fellow of the Society of Bookbinders in 1981 having founded and chaired the Chester and North Wales region for the Society in 1979. In 1986 Paul was elected a Licentiate of Designer Bookbinders and became a Fellow in 1991 having won several prestigious awards and competitions.
On the rare occassions Paul isn't bookbinding, he indulges an appreciation of good music, especially classical, and has an in-depth interest in 20th century classic films.

Now approaching his 60th year as a bookbinder, Paul Delrue has numerous bindings in private collections in Britain, Europe, Australia and the USA.

Right: 'Milkman' by Anna Burns. 
Man Booker Prize winning novel 2018 
Bound by Paul Delrue and presented to the winning author October 2018