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Of Song and Speech: Music and Words from Industrial Lancashire

Thursday 8 June, 2023, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Gaskell Society member and good friend, Professor Michael Sanders,  in conversation exploring the defining literary and cultural pioneers of the era. He’ll be joined by folk singer, Jen Reid, who sings Lancashire dialect songs.

5:30-6:10: Collections Encounter

Drop in at the Rylands and discover objects and books connected to our exhibition Workers’ Playtime: Culture and Community in Industrial Lancashire. Meet our staff and learn more about the rich intellectual lives of industrial workers in 19th-century Lancashire.


6:15-6:35: Songs from Industrial Lancashire with Jennifer Reid

Discover 19th-century Lancashire ballads with a special performance by Jennifer Reid. Jennifer Reid is a performer of nineteenth century Lancashire dialect and Victorian broadside ballads. The working classes made music as a provocation and this is a tradition Jennifer continues.


6:35-7:15: In Conversation: Jennifer Reid and Michael Sanders

Join us after Jennifer Reid’s performance for a chance to delve deeper into the world of working-class songs and literature from 19th-century Lancashire. Michael Sanders is Professor of 19th-century Writing at the University of Manchester and Co-Investigator on the AHRC-funded Piston, Pen & Press project exploring the ways in which the industrial working class accessed and participated in literary culture in Scotland and the North of England in the ‘long Nineteenth Century’.

A free ticket can be booked via Eventbrite.


Thursday 8 June, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST
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The John Rylands Research Institute and Library
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Manchester, M3 3EH United Kingdom
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