Women in Print: Dorothy Hartley and others – everyday food in print since 1920
Oriel Wrecsam Saturday 29th October 2016

This ‘Women in Print’ event celebrates and discusses the contribution to cultural life domestic cookery books – committing to print knowledge that had previously been passed in a practical way from mother to daughter in the kitchen – have had on our collective taste and sense of identity through food.

Dorothy Hartley, the author of ’Made in England’ (1939) and ‘Food in England’ (1954) lived in Fron, near Llangollen, for most of her life. Her books are practical manuals for traditional skills associated with the home and the kitchen, but also are a form of social history, calling into notice the food that has been cultivated and prepared by ordinary people for their everyday domestic life.

The legacy of writers such as Hartley can be seen in the work of Florence White, Patience Gray, Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Jocasta Innes and in our own time Nigella Lawson and Hattie Ellis, to name but a few. Their writing champions the kind of food made for friends and family in the home.

The design and illustration of these books – brought to a mass audience through publishers such as Penguin and Faber and Faber – is a large part of their appeal, and we will discuss the affordances of print in transcribing and transforming vernacular food culture.

10.30 Desdemona McCannon /Steffan Hughes-Jones: Welcome and introductory talk about Dorothy Hartley
11.00 :. Elisa Oliver: Recipe writing and creative writing
11.30 : Ellie Byrne- Alice B Toklas

12- 1.30 Bread and cheese lunch

1.30 Jojo Tulloh and Miranda Gray- Domestic vagabonds: The art and imagination of Dorothy Hartley and Patience Gray.2.00 Elisabeth Luard – Travels with my sketchbooks: telling the food-story through words and pictures
2.30 Hattie Ellis- ‘One Pot Journey’- modern illustrated cookbooks and the future of illustrated cookbooks

Ticket Price £45
includes a bread and cheese lunch and afternoon tea.

To book contact Oriel Wrecsam 01978 292093 //



Chetham’s Library, Manchester FRIDAY 20th MAY 2016

Programme for Friday
10.00 coffee and welcome

10.30 Lauren Padgett- ‘Brutal exhibitions of depravity’: 19th Century Wife-selling in Street Literature.’

10.50 Hannah Allan- ‘Lost Voices of the Witches: Absence and Persecution in Lancashire Folk Tradition’

11.10 Q+A 20 mins

11.30 break (20 mins)

11.50am Stephen Basedo- ‘Maid Marian in Victorian Penny Bloods’

12.10pm Jenna C. Ashton– ‘Radical Zines: making & writing as feminist practice’

12.30 Q+A 20 mins

Lunch 1- 2 pm

2.00pm Jennifer Reid- ‘Women in Manchester’s broadside collections: songs for and about girls and women’

2.20pm Emily Portman- Woman’s Tongue: Subversive Female Voices in the Axon and Holt Broadside Collection

2.40pm Q+A 20 mins

3pm end




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