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Broadsides

Broadside Day 2019

Saturday 23 February 2019

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The Broadside Day is our annual one-day conference covering 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.

This year the conference is being hosted by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Glasgow has a strong history of street literature publication, and we would like to encourage submissions on local themes. We are inviting contributions of 20 min papers, poster presentations or displays on any related topic which may include (but not limited to):

  • Forms of print
  • The subjects of the print (songs, stories and news items)
  • Authors
  • Printers
  • Street-sellers
  • Printing techniques
  • Street literature and literacy
  • Street literature as entertainment
  • Propaganda and dissent


For further information contact Steve Roud via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To submit, please send an abstract (approx. 150 words) and a short biography of yourself to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday 19 October.

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Organised by EFDSS and Traditional Song Forum, and supported by The University of Strathclyde.