Old News, New Perspectives: 400 years of Newspapers

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The origins of newspapers and the transformative growth of the world of news

This event takes place in the British Library Theatre.

Journalist Matthew Parris gives an incisive account of the world of news and his life in it and Matt Shaw shares from his new book An Inky Business, which explores how news became central to public life, and the long dark history of ‘fake news’. Introduced by British Library Chief Librarian Liz Jolly.

The event begins with an up-close view of Britain’s first newspaper, Corante, published on September 24, 1621.

Matthew Parris is an award-winning Times columnist and former MP. In 2015 he won the British Press Award for Political Journalist of the Year. He presents the biographical programme Great Lives on BBC Radio 4. Matthew’s acclaimed autobiography, Chance Witness (2002) won the Orwell Prize and his latest book Fracture (2021) explores his theory that genius is often sparked by childhood trauma.

Matthew J Shaw is the author of An Inky Business: A History of Newspapers from the English Civil Wars to the American Civil War (May 2021). He is Librarian at The Queen’s College, Oxford, following nearly five years as the librarian of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and almost 15 years in various curatorial roles at the British Library.

Liz Jolly is the British Library’s Chief Librarian, with over 30 years’ experience in the university sector. An Honorary Professor at Teesside, Liz is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the RSA and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Liz is a Vice-Chair of the SCONUL Content Strategy Group and on the Editorial Board of the New Review of Academic Librarianship.

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Details

Name: Old News, New Perspectives: 400 years of Newspapers
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Price: Full Price: £13.00
Member: £13.00
Student: £6.50
Registered Unemployed: £6.50
Disabled: £6.50
Senior (60+): £11.00
Young Person (18-25): £6.50
Ticket w/book (Inky Business, Matt Shaw): £18.95
Ticket w/book (Inky Business, Matt Shaw) Non-UK postage: £23.45
Ticket w/book (Fracture, Matthew Parris): £12.99
Ticket w/book (Fracture, Matthew Parris) Non-UK postage: £17.49
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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