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The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium and Book Fair

Dr Leigh Wilson and Dr Georgina Colby, University of Westminster

Friday, 20 February 2015 from 10:00 to 21:00 (GMT)

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The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium

The Boardroom, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster

10:00-17:00

The Contemporary Small Press Book Fair

The Fyvie Hall, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster

18:00-21:00

Friday 20th February 2015

The last decade has witnessed a turn to considering the legacies of modernism prevalent and operative within contemporary literature and culture. Within the scholarly discourses surrounding this shift, there has been little discussion of the status of the small press in the twenty-first century, and its vital role in the dissemination of avant-garde writing. This symposium seeks to address the role and status of the small press in the UK as a field of academic enquiry. We aim to offer a forum that will bring together a number of small presses, and facilitate productive dialogue between the diverse publishers working with contemporary innovative writers and poets.

 The day symposium consists of three panels of scholars, publishers, writers, and poets, which will explore the history of the small press, literary politics and the relationship between the small press and the mainstream, and take up issues surrounding materialities of the text and small press publishing. The Contemporary Small Press Book Fair following the symposium will showcase and market the rich and varied work currently being published by small presses.

 Poets and writers reading from their work throughout the day, and into the evening, include Carol Watts, Peter Hughes, Toby Litt, Robert Hampson, Jennifer Cooke, Nicholas Royle, Amy Cutler, Rod Mengham, Tony White, and Michael Nath.

Participating presses include Oystercatcher Press, Reality Street, Route, Veer Books, Comma Press, and Equipage.

A collection of new writing by writers and poets taking part in the symposium, outLINES: from the Small Press, published in collaboration with Oystercatcher Press, will be available on the day.

 

Do you have questions about The Contemporary Small Press: A Symposium and Book Fair? Contact Dr Leigh Wilson and Dr Georgina Colby, University of Westminster

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University Of Westminster
309 Regent Street
W1B 2HW London
United Kingdom

Friday, 20 February 2015 from 10:00 to 21:00 (GMT)


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