on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities
The Typographic Hub, Birmingham City University
Friday 5 December 2014
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 capital’s press over its regional counterparts. But whilst the book trade - and its historians - may focus on the productions of the first city, 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 material of both interest and value. This symposium considers the productions relating to, and of, the regional press.
£10.00 cash on the day for lunch and all refreshments
• 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 Rotterdaon?