Call for papers: Print Networks: The British Book Trade History Conference


Guest speaker: Ann Thwaite, Whitbread Award-winning biographer, will speak on Edmund Gosse, author of Father and Son and sometime Librarian of the House of Lords.

The Twenty-Seventh Annual conference on the History of the British Book Trade will take place at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University on 28-30 July 2009.

Papers are invited on any aspect of the production, distribution and reception of print and manuscript in Great Britain. However, provincial-metropolitan inter-trade connections will be acceptable or on aspects of trade relations with any part of the former colonies & dominions. The theme of the 2009 conference will be Collectors, Librarians and the Book Trade, so papers within that area are encouraged, although others will be considered.

The papers presented will be considered for publication as part of the Print Networks series, published jointly by the British Library and Oak Knoll Press.

Papers should be of up to 30 minutes duration. An abstract (of c.300 words) of the offered paper and a brief CV (no longer than one side of A4 in total) should be submitted by 31 January 2009 to:
Lucy Lewis at the following email address:

The Print Networks Conference also offers two annual Fellowships to scholars whose research falls within the parameters of the Conference’s brief, and who wish to present papers at the conference.
The fellowships cover the cost of attending the conference and some assistance towards costs of travel. A detailed submission of the research being undertaken accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a tutor or supervisor should be sent to Lucy Lewis by 31 January 2009

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