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Broadside Day 2020
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When: Saturday, February 22, 2020
Where: Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Rd, Primrose Hill
London, United Kingdom 
Contact: Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
+44 (0)20 7485 2206 ext. 233

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The Broadside Day is the annual one-day conference for people interested in street literature in all its fascinating aspects – broadsides, chap books, songsters, woodcuts, engravings, last dying speeches, catchpennies, wonder-tales, almanacs, fortune tellers, and all kinds of cheap printed material sold to ordinary people in the 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.

Broadside Day will be hosted by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and the English Folk Dance and Song Society. The conference will be held February 22 at Cecil Sharp House which is the home to a fine collection of street literature. 

The conference is inviting speakers who may wish to present a 20-minute paper. Suggestions for topics include (but are not restricted to):

  • The subjects of the material (songs, stories and news items);
  • Street literature collectors;
  • Authors;
  • Printers;
  • Street-sellers;
  • Printing technique;
  • The role that street literature played in spreading literacy, propaganda, and dissent, and in keeping the poor entertained and informed

For more information, see Cecil Sharp House

For information on CFPs, see the AFS Review

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