Voices and Books 1500-1800 Public Workshop 3

                                               

Tuesday 11 November, 2014
The Conference Centre
British Library,
96 Euston Rd,
London NW1 2DB

Newcastle University  present:

Voices and Books 1500-1800

Public Workshop 3

An AHRC-funded Public Workshop

Convenor: Dr Arnold Hunt

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.

Programme:

Introduction by Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle):

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

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Dr Arnold Hunt (British Library) – Reading sermons aloud, 1600-1900

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Questions:

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Professor Barbara Ravelhofer (Durham) – Speech and Style in Early Modern Drama: lessons from the Shirley Project

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Dr Josie Billington (Liverpool) – Shared Reading Aloud in Contemporary Practice: The Reader Project

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Dr Shafquat Towheed (Open University) – Recovering readers and listeners 1500-1800 for The Reading Experience Database

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Professor  Sean O’Brien (Newcastle) reads a selection of his poetry and answer questions about the practice of reading poetry aloud

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