Affiliate: Print Networks
The Print Networks conference series, formerly the British Book Trade History Seminar Series was founded by the late Professor Peter Isaac (Newcastle), an engineer by trade, but with a passion for exploring the history of the provincial book trade in Britain. His intention was to highlight the neglected area of the history of those who plied their trade outside of London.
Professor Isaac was also instrumental in the establishment of the British Book Trade Index. Early seminars were by invitation only, but in recent years the conference has expanded to become the place to debate provincial book trade history. Intellectual rigour is matched by a friendly atmosphere, welcoming to postgraduates and independent scholars as well as practitioners of the book trade and academics. We welcome you to the Print Networks family; please register to join our mailing list and hope to see you at our annual conferences in the near future.
With the programme for the annual conference finalised and booking now open for the 2017 Print Networks Annual Conference, here’s the report of last year’s conference held at the University of Galway from Helen Williams, a doctoral student at Edinburgh Napier University.
Members of Print Networks will have many fond memories of Tanya. Her striding into conference reception (she was an energetic walker) with her wheeled suitcase in tow was always a welcome sight.
John Freeth was landlord of a celebrated Birmingham tavern and it was his custom to write songs about the news of the day, setting his words to popular tunes, which he sang nightly to patrons. This made Freeth’s Coffee-House one of the most successful in England. Freeth published nearly 400 of his songs, which offer a novel insight into the radical and nonconformist politics of late eighteenth century Birmingham
In addition to its annual conference, Print Networks has a number of publishing activities. We publish edited volumes relating to our annual conference; issue Quadrat, a periodical bulletin of research in progress relating to the history of the British book trade; and, in order to support emerging researchers, we award a biennial prize for the best essay in the field of the history of the book trade in the Anglophone world.