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Sarah Pyke (London): "'Gay Books Will Burn': Operation Tiger, Gay's the Word bookshop and literary censorship in 1980s Britain", 26 January, 2021

Noon to 2pm.

More information in due course.

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ONLINE CONFERENCE: “Bookshelves in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic”, November 3-4, 2020 (via Microsoft Teams)

As we work from home and attend endless online meetings, our bookshelves are suddenly on public display. The speakers at this international conference will critically examine this particular cultural phenomenon, brought to public attention by the pandemic. This online-only conference is organized by the History of Books and Reading (HOBAR) research collaboration based in the Department of English & Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), The Open University and supported by SHARP (The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing), the world’s largest scholarly organization in this research field.

We are delighted to report that our colleague Ellen Barth and our current students Chandni Ananth and Laura Ntoumanis will be presenting along with WWU alumna Natalia Tolstopyat.

Organizers: Dr. Shafquat Towheed, Dr. Edmund King, Dr. Sally Blackburn-Daniels (Open University), Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Ruehl (University of Muenster)

Registration is free. Please register via Eventbrite:

  • 8 October 2020: Dr. Anamik Saha “(Re)Thinking Diversity in the Publishing Industry”

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    VIRTUAL PUBLIC TALK AND Q&A: Dr. Anamik Saha “(Re)Thinking Diversity in the Publishing Industry” (via zoom)

    This research project, conducted by Dr Anamik Saha and Dr Sandra van Lente at Goldsmiths, University of London, in cooperation with Spread the Word and The Bookseller, explores the obstacles that writers of colour face in UK trade publishing. It rethinks ‘diversity’ by shifting the debate from a sole focus on the quantity of minorities who work in publishing to the quality of the experience, particularly for writers of colour. The project’s aim was to examine the ways that writers of colour are published and to reflect the findings back to the industry to make visible where the structural problems are. The research entailed qualitative interviews with 113 professionals in the publishing industries (authors, agents, CEOs and managing directors, editors, designers, staff in marketing, PR and sales, as well as booksellers and literature festival organisers). We explored how writers of colour are affected by each of these stages of production, and developed recommendations and calls to action from our findings.

    Date: 8 October 2020
    Time: 10.30 am – noon

    Please register here:

    Zoom details will be sent out approximately one week before the event.

    This event is hosted by the Chair of Book Studies as part of our involvement in the SFB 1385 Law and Literature [de].