Leeds Library, 1768-2018: 250th Anniversary Conference

Books, Readers, and Reading: Celebrating 250 Years of the Leeds Library

Conference Leaflet

Conference Programme accurate to 1 June 2018 (pdf). 
The Conference Programme is subject to change.  The most up to date version is online here.

To celebrate the long and illustrious history of the Leeds Library, the Library, together with the three universities in Leeds, is hosting an international conference on the History of Books, Readers and Reading from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Confirmed Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Kate Flint – University of Southern California
  • Professor Ian Gadd – Bath Spa University
  • Professor N. Katherine Hayles – Duke University

Over 80 papers will be delivered during the three days of the conference. Topics to be covered include:

  • Libraries – both subscription/private and public
  • The history of books
  • The material production and culture of the book
  • The history of reading and readers
  • Literary forms and genres
  • The future of the book and the library.

Venue

The conference will be held at The Carriageworks Theatre and other venues around central Leeds.

Anniversary dinner

As part of the programme of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Leeds Library a dinner will be held at The Queens Hotel on Friday September 21. Ian McMillan has been booked to speak at this dinner.

Cost 

For bookings made before June 30 the cost of the conference will be £120, bookings made from July 1 will cost £160. For students, postgraduate students, Leeds Library members and the unwaged the cost will be £100 before June 30 and £150 from July 1.

Delegates may book for individual days if they wish. Details of the daily delegate rates can be found on the Conference booking page.

The cost for the anniversary dinner is £50.

Booking

To book your place at the anniversary conference (click here) and dinner (click here) or call the Leeds Library on 0113 245 3071.

 

 

 

 

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