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Publications and Conferences


Journal Articles

'From Dialectics to Dancing: Reading, Writing and the Experience of Everyday Life in the Diaries of Frank P. Forster', History Workshop Journal 69 (Spring 2010), pp. 90-110.

'"What say you to free trade in literature?" The Thief and the Politics of Piracy in the 1830s', Journal of Victorian Culture 19:4 (2014), pp. 497-506.

Book Chapters

'Only a "Scrap of Paper": the Prison Reading of British Conscientious Objectors, 1916-1919' in Shafquat Towheed and Edmund King, eds., Reading and the First World War, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

'Karl Marx's Capital and Radical Transatlantic Book Trade Networks in the Early Twentieth Century' in John Hinks and Catherine Feely, eds., Historical Networks in the Book Trade, Routledge, 2017.

Collections Edited

(co-edited with Kathryn Green and Matthew Yeo) 'Making Meaning from Material: New Histories of the Book',  European Review of History/Revue europèenne d’Histoire 17: 2 (April 2010). Dossier of six articles which apply a 'book history' approach to the study of such varied subjects as the compilation of Italian medieval manuscripts, the print culture surrounding the exhibition of live animal menageries in eighteenth-century Britain, and the relationship between 1960s experimental fiction and contemporary gaming narratives. Click here for table of contents, author biographies and abstracts; subscription required for full text of the articles.

IHistorical Networks in the Book Trade with John Hinks (Leicester) was published by Routledge in 2017. See contents here.

Contributions to Online Journals

Will the Real Esther Price Please Stand Up? Archival Fiction and The Mill. Published by the Journal of Victorian Culture Online, August 2013. 

Contributions to Reference Sources

Entries on 'scissors-and-paste journalism' and 'literary replication' in Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor, ed., Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism, Academia Press/British Library (print) and Proquest (digital), 2008.

Selected Seminar and Conference Papers

Conference Papers

'The warm glow of the paper-shop window: Newsagents on display in 1920s and 1930s Britain'. 'Display', 20s30s Network Workshop, University of Nottingham, May 2017.

‘“Don’t think I read only novels”: gendered understandings of the reading of imprisoned conscientious objectors in Britain, 1916-1919’. Anglo-American Conference of Historians, Institute of Historical Research, 5 July 2014.

"My adventures under the Military Services Act'": reading and narrating the self in the prison writing of British conscientious objectors, 1916-9'.
Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 25 March, 2013.

What say you to free trade in literature?"' Henry Mayhew, The Thief and the politics of piracy in the 1830s'.
Henry Mayhew: Poverty and the Middle Classes, Manchester, 23 November 2012.

[M]aking the diary a thing of value': a reflection on history, experience and the diaries of Frank P. Forster.
Writing Lives Symposium, University of Warwick, 25 May 2012.

From Dialectics to Dancing: reading, writing and the experience of everyday life in the diaries of Frank P. Forster.
Unofficial Histories, Bishopsgate Institute, London, 19 May 2012. Read Hilda Kean's blog about this very successful conference on her website.

A 'combination of Bolshevik determination and American efficiency': selling the literature of the Communist Party of Great Britain, 1936-1945. 
Social History Society Annual Conference, University of Manchester, 12-14 April 2011. Revised and expanded version presented at the University of Gloucestershire, 12 October 2011.

Seminar papers (invited)

'To my good comrade: books, libraries and the inheritance of British Marxism'. Invited seminar talk, Leeds Beckett History Seminar, April 2017.

'The Circulation of Capital: publishing Karl Marx's Capital in Britain, 1881-1956'. Invited seminar talk, Modern History Seminar, University of Keele, 18 March 2015.

'"Book Trouble": experiencing Corder Catchpool's prison reading, 1916-1919'. Invited talk to Friends' Historical Society, Birmingham, 29 November 2014.

'"Making the diary a thing of value": history, experience and the diaries of Frank P. Forster'. Invited paper at 'Writing History through Diaries and Letters' symposium, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1 November 2014.

'The Circulation of Capital: publishing and reading Karl Marx in Britain, c. 1881-1945’. Modern British History Seminar, Institute of Historical Research, 22 May 2014.

'Fighting for the right reading': The struggle for Karl Marx's Capital. Symposium on 'Reading in Conflict', Open University, 24 June 2013.

Conference and Workshop Organisation

'Radicalism and Popular Protest in Britain, 1790-1820' with Dr Ruth Larsen and Dr Ian Whitehead, University of Derby/Derby Museum and Art Gallery, 9 June 2017.

History Lab Plus workshop on 'Teaching and Technology: Making Digital History' with Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Liverpool John Moores University, 14 March 2015.

'Owning the Past: Academics, Communities and the Practice of Public History' with Dr Ruth Larsen and Dr Ian Whitehead, University of Derby, 30 May 2014.

History Lab Plus workshop on ‘Social Networking for Historians’ with Dr Kimm Curran, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, London, 8 February 2014.

'Unofficial Histories' with Fiona Cosson, Rebecca Andrew and Ian Gwinn, Manchester Metropolitan University, 15-16th June 2013. See reports of this very successful two-day event here.

'Politics and the Power of Print' with Dr Catherine Armstrong at Chetham's Library, 30th November 2012.

History Lab Plus workshop on 'History and Consultancy' at the University of Manchester, 16th November 2012. Read an event report here.

'Making Meaning from Material' with Kathryn Green and Matthew Yeo at Chetham's Library, 18th January 2008. 

Helped with the organisation of a doctoral training course in the 'New Histories of the Book' (led by Prof. James Knowles at Keele University and involving the University of Manchester, the University of Leicester).  Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, May 2006.  

'Study Day' for the Book History Research Network at Chetham's Library, Manchester, in April 2005.