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Forthcoming Event:

WE ARE SORRY THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES.  NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS THEY BECOME AVAILABLE.

Reading and Being Read: Making Books

Thursday 22 September 2016, 6-8pm – POSTPONED

Mezzanine Café, Library of Birmingham

If you think it’s fine to judge a book by its cover – and typeface, paper and page layout! – this is the event for you. Come for an evening of discussion, demonstration and investigation into all that goes into making books as objects with other keen readers, practitioners and local small press publishers.

Tickets are £3, and can be booked via The Box by clicking here.

 

Reading and Being Read: Readers, Writers, Publishers

Friday 23 September 2016, 6-8pm – POSTPONED

Mezzanine Café, Library of Birmingham

The last few years has seen an explosion of new small presses and independent publishers around the country, publishing new and exciting fiction and poetry. If you are a keen reader and want to know more about the difference being a small press makes to how they work and what they publish, come along to hear from two local small presses, The Emma Press and Ayebia Press. They will each be presenting one of their writers, who will read from recently published work.

Tickets are £3, and can be booked via The Box by clicking here.

 

Past Events

Literary Criticism and the Small Press: A symposium

Friday 1 July 2016, 10am-6pm

The Boardroom, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London, WIB 2UW

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Literary criticism has historically been practised using three broad models: a close attention to form; a consideration of the way that histories of ideas, identities and social forms are apparent in literary work; a more sociologically oriented consideration of practices of production and reading. From the twentieth century on, while the relations among these, and the prioritising or marginalising of each, shifted and changed, the mutual shaping of literary writing and its means of production has been consistently ignored. In contemporary literary criticism, while much literary critical work combines the first and the second, very little considers all three. Detailed consideration of the way that formal elements are shaped by and interact with the production and dissemination of writing remains almost absent from the discipline. At the same time, the limits of mainstream publishing and the growth of the small press have each been particularly visible since the economic crash of 2008, yet an investigation of the relation between this and the kinds of writing studied and interpreted has not emerged.

Literary Criticism and the Small Press: A Symposium aims to draw attention to and investigate this absence through three broad themes. The location of the small press as the site of formal innovation is clear from the end of the nineteenth century, and its role in the dissemination of modernism is well known. How has this relation changed over the last century or so, and what are the interventions or absences in the literary critical work with regard to it? From William Morris to the digital revolution, the relation of the small press to writing has made central the question of materiality. What is the relation between material and linguistic forms? The relation of the small press to the mainstream, the material forms of writing and linguistic innovation are all mediated and determined by the institutions within which they exist — publishing, bookselling, the university, government funding of the arts and universities, and so on. How do these institutions shape what is published, where and for whom?

The symposium will consist of three panels:

Materialities: Nicholas Thoburn; Sophie Seita

Institutions: Claire Squires; Lisa Otty; Nick Thurston; Matvei Yankelevich

Histories: John Wrighton; Matthew Sperling; Stephen Voyce; Richard Price

The event is free, but please click here to book your place.

The Symposium has been organized by Dr Georgina Colby, Dr Kaja Marczewska and Dr Leigh Wilson as part of the Contemporary Small Press Project, supported by the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster.

For more information please contact Dr Leigh Wilson: wilsonl@wmin.ac.uk

 

 

Saturday 20th February, 11am-4pm at The British Library.

Reading and Being Read: Readers, Writers, Publishers 

A symposium and workshop for hungry minds and creative readers, bringing together writers, readers and publishers from independent presses in the UK

 

Susie Nott-Bower and Lynn Michell, Linen Press and Alex Pheby and Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar talk about the experience of writing and publishing new work. In the afternoon, we’ll be joined by Tony White, Piece of Paper Press, and students from the London College of Communication  to collaboratively create our own independent publication. Susie Nott-Bower has worked in theatre and television production, before writing her first novel,The Making of Her (Linen Press, 2012). Susie is currently working on her second novel, Reborn, and regularly writes on the Strictly Writing blog. Alex Pheby is the author of two books, Grace (Two Ravens Press, 2009) and Playthings (Galley Beggar, 2015). Alex is a graduate of Goldsmith’s Creative Writing MA and teaches at the University of Greenwich.  Linen Press was founded by Lynn Michel to publish diverse, challenging and surprising books written by women, and with women readers particularly in mind. The press publishes work from new and emerging authors, as well as more established writers. Galley Beggar Press was established in 2012 specifically to support writers of ambition and literary merit, who nevertheless have struggled to either find or retain a publisher. Tony White is an author, whose works include Shakleton’s Man Goes South (Science Museum, 2013), and Foxy-T(Faber & Faber, 2003). He has been writer in residence for the Science Museum and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL. In 1994, he set up Piece of Paper Press as a low-tech imprint to publish new writings and visual or graphic works and distribute them for free.

In association with The Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture, University of Westminster

Details

Name: Reading and Being Read: Readers, Writers, Publishers
Where: Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Show map      How to get to the Library
When: Sat 20 Feb 2016, 11:00 – 16:00
Price: Full Price: £10.00
Senior 60+: £5.00
Student: £5.00
Registered Unemployed: £5.00
Under 18: £5.00
Friend of the BL: £5.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
boxoffice@bl.uk

– See more at: http://www.bl.uk/events/reading-and-being-read-readers-writers-publishers#sthash.T4OpOlGU.dpuf

Past Events

The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium

The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster

10:00-17:00

The Contemporary Small Press Book Fair

The Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster

17:00-21:00

Friday 20th February 2015

The last decade has witnessed a turn to considering the legacies of modernism prevalent and operative within contemporary literature and culture. Within the scholarly discourses surrounding this shift, there has been little discussion of the status of the small press in the twenty-first century, and its vital role in the dissemination of avant-garde writing. This symposium seeks to address the role and status of the small press in the UK as a field of academic enquiry. We hope to offer a forum that will bring together a number of small presses, and facilitate productive dialogue between the diverse publishers working with contemporary innovative writers and poets.

The day symposium will consist of three panels of scholars, publishers, writers, and poets, which will explore the history of the small press, literary politics and the relationship between the small press and the mainstream, and materialities of the text and small press publishing. The Contemporary Small Press Book Fair following the symposium will showcase and market the rich and varied work currently being published by small presses.

Poets and writers reading from their work throughout the day, and into the evening, include Carol Watts, Peter Hughes, Toby Litt, Robert Hampson, Jennifer Cooke, Nicholas Royle, Amy Cutler, Rod Mengham, Tony White, and Michael Nath.

Participating presses include Oystercatcher Press, Reality Street, Route, Veer Books, Comma Press, and Equipage.

A collection of new writing by writers and poets taking part in the symposium, outLINES: from the Small Press, published in collaboration with Oystercatcher Press, will be available on the day.

 

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