NOTE: This event is now closed
5th December 2014
A Book History Research Network Study Day
on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities.
COST: £10 (Pay cash on the day) for refreshments | Click HERE to reserve a place [please book by 1 December]
The first book written by Samuel Johnson, an abridgment and translation of Father Lobo's voyage to Abyssinia, was issued from London in 1735. However, it had been written in Birmingham and printed there two years earlier by Thomas Warren a bookseller, printer, publisher and founder of the town’s first known newspaper, the Birmingham Journal.
This brief anecdote serves to highlight the dominance of the metropolitan press over its regional counterparts. But whilst the book trade - and its historians - may focus on the capital, every provincial town also has its own literary and typographic history embedded in its ephemera, pamphlets, newspapers and books; and every regional town has designed, produced, published and printed books of both interest and value. This symposium considers the productions relating to, and of, the regional press.
Caroline Archer (Birmingham City University) Items from the archives: printed in Birmingham
Rob Banham (University of Reading) William Gye: printer of Bath
Lucy Collins (University College, Dublin) To Russia with love: a poetry pamphlet from World War II Belfast
Jenni Dixon (Independent scholar, Birmingham) Dealers in curiosity: how print promoted Birmingham wares
Mike Dring (Birmingham City University) Projecting the technocratic city
Andrew Kulman (Birmingham City University) Promoting the new Birmingham, 1964-80
Persida Lazerivic (Università Chieti-Pescara) From Rome to ‘Little Rome’ all over Rumelia
Ian Montgomery (University of Ulster) Printing and books on the edge of the Union
David Osbaldestin (Birmingham City University) Birmingham’s nineteenth century printers and the use of the sanserif
Ines Vodopivec (Independent scholar) Book culture in [non]existence of printing
Ian Horton (University of the Arts, London) Where did Hard Werken get Rotterdam?
COST: £10 (Pay cash on the day) for refreshments | Click HERE to reserve a place
Organisers: Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Catherine Armstrong