20th April – 25th April 2015
This exhibition celebrated literature of multiple genres and showcased some of the extraordinary and unique examples held in The Angus Library and Archive. Featured works included wonderful accounts of travel and exploration, early examples of children’s literature and a selection of work by John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress.
Two free talks were held alongside the exhibition.
23rd April 2015 – ‘The Invention of John Bunyan’ – Prof. Anne Dunan-Page.
24th April 2015 – ‘Many Other Things, Both Pleasant and Useful: Children’s Books from the Angus Library’ – Dr Hannah Field.
Anne Dunan-Page is Professor of Early-Modern Studies at Aix-Marseille University (France) and President of the International John Bunyan Society. She completed a PhD on the work of John Bunyan and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) on the question of dissenting identity at the Restoration. Her current projects include a monograph on gathered Churches, based on their Church books, and the preparation, with Michael Davies and Joel Halcomb, of a calendar of Dissenting Church records.
Hannah Field is a lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln. She completed her DPhil, on the subject of the Victorian novelty books for children, at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are the literature and material culture of the nineteenth century, book history, and children’s literature and she has published essays on Beatrix Potter, Rumer Godden, and toys in literature, among other topics.