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CBCP Summer School – Cultures of the book: lithography, consumption, reading

The Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing at the University of Reading has released the full programme for their inaugural Summer School to be held on 20 and 21 June 2023. The event will be held at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication and Special Collections at the University.

‘Cultures of the book: lithography, consumption, reading’ will explore how books have been made, consumed and read following the invention of lithography in the early nineteenth century. Talks by leading scholars and practitioners will be combined with a hands-on approach using the University’s collections and archives.

Keynote speakers include Prof Rathna Ramanathan on ‘Beyond the margins: Intercultural collaborations in independent publishing’ and Prof Michael Twyman talking about lithography and printed ephemera.

Other talks will cover the origins of today’s typefaces and text/picture integration (Paul Luna), as well as book-related ephemera popular in the late nineteeth and early twentieth century – the ‘Birthday Book’ (Cătălina Zlotea)  and bookplates (Liz West).

Practical sessions on lithographic printing will be available (Geoff Wyeth and Borna Izadpanah), together with ‘hands-on’ examination of book-related printed ephemera (with materials in English and French) from the Centre for Ephemera Studies (Emma Minns).

Participants will also be able to view the exhibition ‘Evolution of the Chinese Typeform’ (curated by Xunchang Cheng).

Enrolment is open now and places can be booked here. Please email with any enquiries.



20th June 2023
21st June 2023


University of Reading, Whiteknights Campus, Edith Morley, G44