Saturday 17 March 2012


a one-day conference at the University of Salford
Saturday 31 March 2012 from 9am-5pm

The Old Fire Station
The Crescent
M5 4WT

9:00 Arrival: registration, tea and coffee

PLENARY: Elizabeth Baines, novelist:
‘Jumping into the Lifeboat’

10:30 Morning session – 2 parallel sessions

Parallel session 1: Poets, Publishers and Poet-Publishers
Chair: Scott Thurston, University of Salford

Nikolai Duffy, Manchester Metropolitan University:
‘An Alternate Way of Doing Things: Burning Deck and Small Press Publishing’

Richard Barrett, University of Salford:
‘Poet, Publisher or Both? A Paper in Two Parts’

Parallel session 2: Contemporary Small Presses: Literature and Innovation
Chair: Lucie Armitt, University of Salford

Ra Page, Comma Press:
‘Publishing the Liminal’

Kevin Duffy, Bluemoose Books:
‘Independent Publishing and the Business of Books’

 12 :00 LUNCH

1 :00 PLENARY: Robert Sheppard, Edge Hill University

2 :00 Afternoon session – 2 parallel sessions

Parallel session 3: The Small Poetry Press in the Sixties
Chair: Scott Thurston, University of Salford

Ian Brinton, independent scholar:
‘Nearly Brassed Off’

Lila Matsumoto, University of Edinburgh:
‘Tumultous Blossom: The Early Years of Wild Hawthorn Press’

Parallel session 4: Publishing Workshop
Chair: Ursula Hurley, University of Salford

Alec Newman, The Knives Forks and Spoons Press, Newton-le-Willows
Ollie Wright, The Red Telephone, Manchester

Presentations followed by discussion and advice about publishing your writing and working in small press publishing

3 :30 Break for tea and coffee

4 :00 Book Launch
Erbacce Press (Liverpool) launches books by Jo Langton and Stephen Shimmans

4:30 Results of the Write Northwest competition announced by Zahid Hussain

5:00 Closing remarks

Please note that bookstall space is available throughout the day for small press publishers

Please register online here

Directions are available here

Lucie Armitt

Ursula Hurley

Scott Thurston

School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences
University of Salford
M5 4WT

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