Storylines: printing Tristram Shandy

A page spread from the novel Tristram Shandy, showing curvy lines between blocks of text


Storylines: printing Tristram Shandy

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 Saturday 28 May 2022


  Bodleian Printing Studio, Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library

  Booking required (deposit of £5 refunded on arrival)

This workshop is now sold out.

About the event 

In this practical workshop, find out what happens when a story breaks free of words. Join expert printmakers at the Bodleian Bibliographical Press to learn first-hand the techniques used in the convention-defying pages of a 250-year old novel.

Peter Lawrence (Society of Wood Engravers) will introduce the technique of carving illustrations in wood; paper-marbler Louise Brockman will demonstrate the marbling of a single page; Richard Lawrence and the workshop team will guide you through setting type, and demonstrate the printing of intaglio plates.

Particpants must be 18 years of age or older.

Presented by Novel Impressions, a project run by Helen Williams (Northumbria University) and funded by the British Academy Rising Star Engagement Awards. It is a series of research- and practice-led events that will create network of early career researchers, printers, and curators producing print workshops for public audiences inspired by eighteenth-century literature. This particular event is supported by the Institute of English Studies, the Bodleian Library, and Book and Print Initiative.


Peter Lawrence (Society of Wood Engravers)

 Booking information

Registration is essential. A deposit of £5 is required to book, and this will be refunded on your arrival. When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

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