Conference booking is available from now till the 2nd July 2018.  

Conference fees include lunch on Friday and Saturday, coffees Thurs-Fri, and a themed welcome-drink at our reception on Thursday evening.

£90/£50 for full attendence (waged/unwaged or student)

£70/£40 for part attendance (waged/unwaged or student)

£30 for optional conference dinner at McKenna's, see the 'menu' tab for details.  

Please click here to book your place on the conference 


Thanks to the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, delegates can book accommodation across the city at a special room rate. You can book through this service up till one month before the conference.

Please click here to be taken to the booking website. 


Getting here

The conference will take place in the Percy Building, at the end of the old quadrangle on main campus (number 23 on the campus map). 

  • From the train station: it's a 20 minute walk from Central station to the main campus, via Grainger Street and Northumberland Street. Alternatively, you can take the metro (10 mins) from Central Station to Haymarket, which is opposite the main campus.
  • From the airport: you can take the metro from the airport and get off at Haymarket, opposite the main campus (25 mins). Alternatively, a taxi would take 10-15 mins. You can book a taxi from the airport in advance here

Newcastle is a walkable city, with the central point of Grey's Monument 10 minutes walk from the university. Should you need to use the metro, trains run regularly between 5.45 and 23.30, with the cost of a single ticket from £1.80 (up to £3.40 for travel across 3 zones). For timetables and a map of the metro system, click here.  

 To find out more about what you can see and do in town, as well as restaurant suggestions you can visit the NewcastleGateshead website. For a virtual tour of the city, you can click here



Thomas Nashe and his contemporaries

Percy Building, Newcastle University, 12-14th July 2018

(Preliminary programme)

Plenaries and panels will all be in lecture theatre G.05 (ground floor).

Coffee and lunch will be served in the Percy building foyer.

Thursday 12th July:

13.00: Arrival and welcome

13.20-14.20: Cathy Shrank (Sheffield University) “Nashe’s Voices”

14.20-15.50: Panel 1. Performing Nashe

   Andy Kesson (University of Roehampton) “Theatrical Nashe”

   Callan Davies (University of Roehampton) “Enter Martin: playhouse performance culture and the Marprelate pamphlets”

   Jennifer L. Andersen (California State University) “Folk hero, anti-hero, mock hero? Sixteenth-century mythographies about Thomas Nashe”

15.50-16.20: Coffee

16.20-17.50: Panel 2. Paratexts

   Florence Hazrat (University of Geneva) “‘Creatures to the pen and distinctions to pronounce by’: How to Read Brackets in Renaissance Prose”

   Amy Lidster (Kings College London) “Thomas Nashe and his ‘toys for private Gentlemen’: Reassessing textual patronage through printed paratexts”

   Caralyn Bialo (Manhattanville College) “‘Hasting to the Second Impression’: The Printing of Pierce Penniless

Short Break

18.00-19.00: Panel 3. Authorship attribution

   Darren Freebury-Jones (Cardiff University)“Searching for Thomas Nashe in Dido, Queen of Carthage

   Brett Greatley-Hirsch (University of Leeds) and Rachel White (Newcastle University) “Doubting Thomas: Testing for Authorship in the Nashe Dubia”

19.20: Themed cocktails at Bealim House (17-25 Gallowgate)


Friday 13th July:

9.00-10.00: Laurie Maguire and Emma Smith (Oxford University) “Dido and Dildos”

10.00-11.30: Panel 4. Reading Nashe and his contemporaries

   Neil Rhodes (University of St Andrews) “Nashe, Spenser, and the Literary Scene in 1600: A Student’s Guide”

   Kyle DiRoberto (University of Arizona) “Nashe and the Homer of Women”

   Louise Wilson (Liverpool Hope University) “Frame narratives, domestic reading, and early modern prose fiction.”

11.30-11.50: Coffee

11.50-13.20: Panel 5. The grudge match: Nashe v. Harvey

   Eric Vivier (Mississipi State University) “A Couple of Beggars: Gabriel Harvey, Thomas Nashe, and the Satirical Production of Similarity”

   Anna Reynolds (University of York) “‘Wast paper’ and ‘the winding-sheete of Obliuion’: Nashe’s and Harvey’s Paper Sheets”

   Esther Osorio Whewell (Cambridge University) ‘Having their inke and vomiting it’: Nashe, Harvey, and the hypocrisies of profitable literary economics”

13.20-14.20: Lunch

14.20-15.20: Perry Mills (King Edward VI School) “Catches by the Fire’s Side”

Short Break

15.30-17.00 Panel 5. The Stage

   Jeanne McCarthy (Georgia Gwinnett College) “Nashe and the Children’s Playing Tradition”

   Bob Hornback (Oglethorpe University) “What did Dick Tarlton do, and why are people saying such horrible things about him?”

   Stephen Longstaffe (Independent scholar) “'One fool presents another': Nashe's use of Will Summers in Summers Last Will and Testament

17.00-17.30: Coffee

17.30-19.00: Panel 7. Liminal identities

   Chris Salamone (Oxford University) “‘I live as their evil Angel, to haunt them world without end’: Nashe’s Terrors of the Afterlife”

   Juan Pedro Lamata (Standford University) "Merchant 'Banketting': Form and Commodity in The Unfortunate Traveller"

   Nora Rowland (New York University) “A Rogue Press ‘if your horse be not too weak’: Anti-Martins, Subversion, and the Subject of Identity”

19.15: Conference dinner with herring amuse-bouche at McKenna's (Northern Stage, Barras Bridge)


Saturday 14th July

9.00-10.00: Henry Woudhuysen (Oxford University)"'Setting a Standard in English Editing': R.B. McKerrow's 'four large volumes, staid and green'"

10.00-11.00: Panel 8. Unfortunate travels and Englishness

   Laetitia Sansonetti (University of Paris Nanterre) “The Unfortunate Traveller: Nashe’s Tale of Polyglot Authority”

   Tom Harrison (Newcastle University) “Mapping Identities: Self and Nationhood in Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller and the Anonymous ‘Foot Voyage’”

11.00-11.30: Coffee

11.30-13.00: Panel 9. Nashean inflation

   Chris Stamatakis (University College London) “‘My puft vp phrase’: Thomas Nashe and inflation”

   Rebecca Hasler (University of St Andrews) “‘I joy to heare thou hast so profited in gibridge’: Nashe and the profitability of pamphleteering”

   Emily Rowe (Newcastle University) “‘To distill gold out of ink’: Nashe’s economic prose”

13.00-14.00: Lunch

14.00-15.00: Roundtable: the new Thomas Nashe edition


Menu for Nashe conference dinner at McKenna's restaurant, 13th July


Pickled herring on cucumber on arrival


Ham Hock Terrine with Pickled Vegetable Ribbons

Mushroom and Herb Pate with Onion Jam


Salmon Fillet with Roasted Beetroot, Heritage Potatoes served with a Horseradish Crème Fresh

Pan Roasted Chicken Supreme Potato Rosti with a Smoked Bacon, Pea and Garlic Ketchup

Roasted Harissa Squash Mozzarella and Smashed Avocado


Lemon Meringue Tart with Chantilly Cream

Dark Chocolate and Espresso Mousse with Cinder Toffee