Literature and the BBC, 1922-1955

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A one-day conference exploring the relationship between BBC broadcasting and literature. This aimed to build on the recent wave of scholarly interest in this area of institutional and literary history, marked by key texts such as Radio Modernism by Todd Avery (2006), Broadcasting Modernism (Cohen, Coyle and Lewty, 2009), and Broadcasting in the Modernist Era (Feldman, Tonning and Mead, 2014). The conference explored further the manifold interrelations between twentieth-century literature and the BBC, focusing on authors whose careers interconnected with broadcasting during its first few decades, and on those for whom the very nature of broadcasting altered the forms their writing took. The keynote speaker was Dr Jamie Medhurst, from the University of Aberystwyth; other participants were from universities including Bristol, Exeter, Oxford, Westminster and Bournemouth, as well as the Open University in the Netherlands.
Period15 Jun 2016
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map


  • Broadcasting history
  • BBC
  • Radio studies
  • Television history
  • Literature
  • Interwar period
  • John Reith