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Broadside Day 2020 call for papers

Cecil Sharp House, 22 February 2020

Deadline for applications: 21 October 2019

The Broadside Day is the annual one-day conference for people interested in 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, and is suitable for beginners and experts alike.

Next year’s Broadside day will be hosted by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library/English Folk Dance and Song Society at Cecil Sharp House, which is the home to a fine collection of street literature.

We are 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

To submit a paper, please email an abstract and biography of no more than 500 words by 21st October 2019 to Steve Roud: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..