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New Walter Greenwood Site

Dear Reading 1900-1950 colleagues, Having posted my review of Greenwood’s memoir There Was a Time (1967) – and thus broken every rule about this blog’s parameters, I realised that perhaps what I should do is to start a new and more specialised Walter Greenwood blog / web-site. This I have now done. I will still (OF … Continue reading

We’re in the Yorkshire Post!

There was very well-written article in the Yorkshire Post on Saturday about a collection event we’re holding on Wednesday about popular fiction in World War I. The journalist, Steve McClarence, let us (me, Chris Hopkins and George Simmers) ramble on (in the way that academics will) for at least an hour and then wrote a concise and intelligent … Continue reading

‘Culture Wars’ conference papers

Culture Wars 1900-1950 14th June 2014 Giacomo Patri, White Collar (1938)   Some of the papers from our collection conference on the 14th June are now online. We had a great day, listening and talking and thinking, and, most importantly, had an excellent lunch (thank you Sheffield Hallam catering)! There were some fascinating papers, particularly … Continue reading

Academic conference

We’re going to hold a one-day conference at Sheffield Hallam University on Saturday 14th June 2014, entitled  ‘Culture Wars 1900-1950’. We will be asking: What was meant by ‘culture’ in the period 1900-1950?  Whose culture was it and did all walks of life have a culture? How was culture contested? See the conference page for details: … Continue reading

We’re in the Yorkshire Post!

Our Yorkshire Writers 1900-1950 event has inspired a splendid article about Willie Riley, Phyllis Bentley and Winifred Holtby: ‘Forgotten Pleasures’, Yorkshire Post, 12 October 2013. Stephen McClarence asks ‘is there such a thing as the great Yorkshire novel?’

E. M. Delafield’s Diary of a Provincial Lady

Back in June Margaret Crompton came to the University and gave this fascinating talk about the many literary allusions in The Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930) and its sequels. The talk is called ‘The Special Collection of a Provincial Lady’ in a neat alllusion to our special collection of popular fiction at the University. From … Continue reading

Memories of Sheffield Libraries

Places at our next community event are booking up fast! As part of Sheffield’s festival of words, Off the Shelf, we will be at Ecclesall Library on the 19th October at 2pm. Community historian Mary Grover will present memories of reading 1945-65, gathered in the oral history project ‘Reading Sheffield’. I’ll be bringing along books … Continue reading