The Broadside Day is our annual one-day conference covering street literature in all its fascinating aspects as sold to ordinary people in city streets, at country fairs, and from pedlar’s packs up and down the country in past centuries.
This year the conference is being hosted by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Glasgow has a strong history of street literature publication, with the early printers concentrated in the Saltmarket area of the city. The production of chapbooks was a particular speciality. By the second half of the nineteenth century, the emphasis had shifted to broadsides, and the proprietors of the Poet’s Box, a local printing-shop, were issuing new song-sheets every week and were boasting of the hundreds of songs they held in stock.
The day will cover a range of topics, from songs of England’s Queen Elizabeth I to wood blocks used in Newcastle chapbooks collections, but will also feature a number of papers on Scottish ballads and writers:
Catherine Ann Cullen—Speckled Cats and Gravey Distillers
David Stenton—The Forth Valley Songster
E. Wyn James—‘The Black Spot’ and ‘The Old Man of the Wood’: Welsh Street Literature During the Long Eighteenth Century
Freyja Cox Jensen—‘In Good Queen Bess’s Golden Days’: Memories of Elizabethan England in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Jenni Hyde—Liege Ladies: Sixteenth-Century Broadside Ballads and Reigning Queens
Margaret Bennett—Robert Macleod, Fife Miner Poet and Broadside-Maker
Martin Graebe—Clift of Cirencester
Oskar Cox Jensen—Of Ballads and Broadsides: Mediating the Mainstream
Venue: Stenhouse Wing of the Stathclyde Business School, 199 Cathedral St, Glasgow G4 0QU
Organised by EFDSS and Traditional Song Forum, and supported by The University of Strathclyde.