The Making of Tristram Shandy

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


The Making of Tristram Shandy

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 Friday 27 May 2022

 1–2pm (BST)

  Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library & online

  Free event, booking required

About the event 

Laurence Sterne’s multi-volume work, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, is one of the most creatively printed novels of the handpress period. Sterne personally intervened in the printing, insisting that each copy have different material features to make readers handle and interpret the text in an entirely new way.

Explore the pages of this novel with Helen Williams and Elizabeth Savage, who will guide us through the unique features which bring the book itself into the story.

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.


Helen Williams (Northumbria University) and Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies)

 Booking information

Registration is essential for attending in person at the Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library. When you have booked your place the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

Alternatively, you can join the lecture online. Register to attend online and you will receive a Zoom link nearer the time.


Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.

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