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Planned events for the coming year

 

THURSDAY 26th OCTOBER

BEWICK SOCIETY ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:

'THE CHAPBOOK AND SLIPSONG TRADE IN NEWCASTLE IN BEWICK'S LIFETIME'

A Lecture by Dave Harker Newcastle historian Dave Harker draws on his deep knowledge of the political and cultural history of the North East to discuss a part of Bewick's daily workshop trade, the production of woodcuts for chapbooks and broadsides, not usually examined. The cheaply printed sheets and pamphlets were popular among poorer people unable to afford books with subjects ranging from fairy tales and ghost stories to news of politics, crime and disasters. While broadsides and the slipsong trade in folk music and current songs became increasing widespread overtaking the oral tradition of learning songs by repetition.

Dave Harker has written books on folk music and music hall and has recently published a book on Ned Corvan (1829 - 1865), the Tyneside concert hall song writer and performer, entitled 'Cat-Gut Jim the Fiddler'.

Date and time: Thursday 26th October 2017 Venue: Function Room, Blackie Boy, 11 Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne. Admission: Free Contact: Contact Peter Quinn at peterjquinn@blueyonder.co.uk for further details.

MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER

You are invited to the Book Launch at the Literary and Philosophical Society hosted by the Bewick Society

Thomas Bewick: The Sketchbook of 1792-1799. Edited with an introduction & commentary by Nigel Tattersfield and published by Jarndyce, London will be launched on Monday 30th October in the Main Library of the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle upon Tyne.

The emergence of Bewick's original sketchbook, lost to sight for almost ninety years, exhibited only briefly in 1903, never reproduced, and only cursorily described in long-discarded auctioneer's catalogues, is a significant event. Its pages have now been carefully reproduced in facsimile, with a detailed explanatory text by Nigel Tattersfield, the leading authority on the life and work of Thomas Bewick, in an edition limited of 200 copies.

Nigel has kindly agreed to attend the launch to discuss the discovery of the sketchbook and his research for the publication. He will also be available afterwards to sign copies of the book.

The original sketchbook, with the kind permission of its owners, will also be on display.

DATE & TIME: Monday 30th October: 6.30 to 8pm.

LOCATION: Main Library, Lit & Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne.

 

June Holmes
Honorary Membership Secretary of the Bewick Society
c/o Natural History Society of Northumbria
Great North Museum: Hancock
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4PT
0191 208 5834
bewick.society@ncl.ac.uk [e-mail]

 

 

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