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Voices and Books at the British Library, 11th November 2014

Please see below for a notice on the next Voices and Books network event, which includes a number of talks likely to be of interest to Romanticists.  Attendance is free.

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AHRC Network ‘Voices and Books 1500-1800’

Public Workshop

Tuesday 11 November, 2014

Convenor: Dr Arnold Hunt with Professor Jennifer Richards

Location: The Conference Centre at the British Library

How did people read aloud in the past? How do we do that now? And why does it matter that we recover and reflect on this experience? At this workshop we will discuss the many different ways in which the experience of listening to books, past and present, can be recorded and analysed, and the archives we might use, from the British Library’s Sound Archive to The Reading Experience Database. We will also hear and talk with the award-winning poet and radio broadcaster, Professor Sean O’Brien, about writing for listeners.

9.00: Arrival and welcome

9.30: Chris Reid (QMUL): ‘Parliamentary Voices: Speaking and Reporting in the House of Commons, 1750-1800’

10.15: Arnold Hunt (British Library): ‘Reading sermons aloud, 1600-1900’

11.00: Break

11.30: Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham): ‘Speech and Style in Early Modern Drama: lessons from the Shirley Project’

12.30: Buffet Lunch

1.30: Josie Billington (Liverpool): ‘Shared Reading Aloud in Contemporary Practice: The Reader Project’

2.15: Shafquat Towheed (Open University): ‘Recovering readers and listeners 1500-1800 for The Reading Experience Database’

3.00: Break

3.30: Sean O’Brien (Newcastle) will read a selection of his poetry and answer questions about the practice of reading poetry aloud

4.30: Concluding remarks.

This event is free and open to anyone who would like to come. If you are interested in attending, however, please contact the Network Co-ordinator, Dr Helen Stark: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. (N.B. places may be limited and you will be asked for a deposit, to be returned)

We have bursaries for unsalaried ECRs (within 2 years of PhD) and PhD students; these will cover some of the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the workshop. If you would like this support, please send a short statement about how attendance would benefit your research to the Network Co-ordinator: Helen.Stark@ncl.ac.uk. *DEADLINE FOR BURSARIES FOR THIS WORKSHOP: 5PM ON 31st OCTOBER 2014*