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CFP: Broadside Day 2018 Conference at Cambridge University Library

Tuesday, September 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Broadside Day is an annual one-day conference for people interested in Street Literature in all its fascinating aspects - broadsides, chapbooks, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune-tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar's packs up and down the country in past centuries. The Day consists of short papers, presentations, displays, discussions, and is suitable for beginners and experts alike, who will all enjoy its lively and informal atmosphere.

Street literature, in the form of broadside ballads, was first produced in the early 16th century, and was at first concentrated in London, but later spread to every part of the British Isles and lasted into the 20th century. But its glorious heyday was in Victorian times when tens of thousands of items were produced every year by jobbing printers everywhere. The material was often very badly printed, on the cheapest quality of paper, and might be genuine news or a complete fiction, but for most of this time it was one of the only forms of reading matter readily available to the poor, and is therefore tremendously interesting to a wide range of modern-day researchers and enthusiasts. 

Broadside Day 2018 will be held at Cambridge University Library on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

When they become available, further details will be posted to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website.

Basic papers should be 20mins long, with 10mins discussion/questions, but other forms of presentation would be welcome.

Please submit proposals on relevant topics to steveroud@gmail.com by October 21, 2017.

For administrative enquiries or more information, contact: laura@efdss.org

The Broadside Day is organised jointly by the English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS), the Traditional Song Forum (TSF), and Cambridge University Library, Rare Books.



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