Writing & the Small Press

“The small presses in the UK have a complex and fascinating history as they
interact with writerly practice. Developments over the last twenty to
thirty years such as the the rise of desktop publishing, the collapse of
the net book agreement, and the advent of print-on-demand – as well as
digital publishing and online bookselling – have created an environment in
which small presses have thrived and created new opportunities for

Writing and the Small Press
a one-day conference at the University of Salford, Saturday 31 March 2012
from 10am-4pm.

This conference aims to bring together publishers, writers and
academics to discuss the influence of the small presses on creative
practice and to consider their broader role in cultural production. In
addition, there will be practical sessions on how to publish with a small
press and opportunities for publishers to showcase their books.

Confirmed speakers include the novelist Elizabeth Baines, poet Robert
Sheppard and Alec Newman of The Knives Forks and Spoons Press. Manchester
publisher The Red Telephone will also be in attendance.

Topics to be considered include, but are not limited to:

•       The relationship between the creative writer and small presses
•       Specific studies of individual small presses and their lists
•       Genre studies of the role of small presses in regards to poetry, fiction
•       The formal properties of the small press book and its relation to
•       How creative writing and publishing practices are adapting to new media.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words to be submitted by February 29, 2012.
Please send to one of the organisers:

Lucie Armitt

Ursula Hurley

Scott Thurston

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

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