A fascinating second Annual lecture for the Stephen Colclough Centre took place on 1st of May 2019. The Centres’ directors wish to thank this year’s guest speaker Dr Samantha Rayner for giving such an interesting and entertaining talk to a full audience at the Hen Goleg, College Road. The title of Sam’s paper was “The Romance of Bookselling: the Value of Bookshops, Past and Present” which featured the history and development of two publishing houses run by women: Foyles bookstore of Charing Cross Road run by the charismatic, autocratic Christina Foyle, and Dillon’s University Book Shop run by the self-made, level-headed and resourceful Una Dillon in Tottenham Court Road. Sam, being a Bangor alumna and a popular past member of staff at the English department, is currently working at University College London where she is a Reader in Publishing and the Director of the Centre for Publishing.
Publication date: 11 June 2019