Voices and Books, 1500-1800 is an AHRC network of early modern scholars (literary scholars, linguists, historians, musicologists) and partners (British Library; City Library, Newcastle; National Early Music Association UK; The Reading Experience Database; Seven Stories) who are committed to recovering the history of reading aloud and listening to books. We want to establish the ubiquity of this practice, but also understand how the voicing of scripted text structured different communities and practices of sociability.
In 2014 we will be organising three workshops, to be held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, Strathclyde University, Glasgow and the British Library, London. And in 2015 we will host an International Conference at Newcastle University and City Library.
We hope you will join us at one or more of these events!
The lead investigators of this project are Professor Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University) and Professor Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music, London), and we have partners based across the UK and USA.