Revisiting Autolycus’s Pack The Wonders of William Euing’s English Broadside Ballad Collection

I am pleased to announce the programme for a colloquium on our Euing collection of English broadside ballads, to be held in Special Collections (University of Glasgow Library, level 12) on Thursday 12 April at 14.00.

This collection of some 415 black-letter ballads has recently been digitised by the English Broadside Ballads Archive  and we are delighted that Professor Patricia Fumerton, Director of EBBA (University of California, Santa Barbara) is coming to talk about the digital archive and Euing’s collection in particular. A highlight of the afternoon will be a performance of a selection of the ballads by traditional singer, Kathy Hobkirk. There will also be an opporunity to view a small display of Euing’s ballads. If you can’t wait until April, your appetite may be whetted by visiting our current display in the showcase in Special Collections, which features four of the broadsides (but I promise  that there will be many more fetched out for your perusal at the colloquium).

Euing Broadside Ballad 31

The country-mans lamentation for the death of his cow (Euing Ballad 31)

14.00  Welcome (Julie Gardham, Senior Librarian, Special Collections)
14.05  The English Broadside Ballad Archive (Prof Patricia Fumerton, University of California, Santa Barbara)
14:15  Musicke of sundrie kindes: Euing and his collections (Julie Gardham)
14.30  Euing’s Contribution to the History of the Broadside Ballad (Dr Eric Nebeker, University of California, Santa Barbara)
14.50  Bringing Euing to Life: a performance of selected texts featuring Kathy Hobkirk, with Dr Valentina Bold (University of Glasgow)
15.35  Tea break and opportunity to view a display of Euing’s ballads
16.00  Sensationalism, Violation, and Mobility: Euing’s “Lady and the Blackamoor” Ballads, and More (Prof Patricia Fumerton)
17.00  Discussion and round up

Attendance is free, but please register with Julie Gardham ( in advance if you wish to come.

Hope to see some of you there!

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