The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


23 MAY 2022

Interpreting Error: A Stationers' Company Conference - July 29th, 2022

In partnership with the University of Newcastle, the Stationers' Company Archive is delighted to announce the programme for our first conference in our newly re-opened Hall. 

*Please note that the programme has been revised, 19/07/2022. This is to accommodate an earlier finish for attendees affected by train strikes on Saturday 30th July .

‘Interpreting Error: Errors in and of print in the Handpress Era’


July 29th, 2022 at Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London


Keynote: Helen Smith (York)


8.30-9.00 Coffee

9.00-10.00 Archive session

Ruth Frendo (Stationers’ Company)

Beyond the Register: The Stationers’ Company Archive and how to use it.

10.10-11.10 Panel 1

Jennifer Richards (Newcastle)

Accidental Nashe 

Frances Eastwood (Cambridge)

Cobblers! A printing anomaly in The Coblers Prophesie (1594)

11.10-11.40 Coffee

11.40-12.40 Panel 2

Alex Plane (Newcastle/National Library of Scotland)

Errors fixed for a King? Corrections in printed works from King James VI and I’s library

Anette Hagan (National Library of Scotland)

Agnes Campbell (1637-1715): Scottish business woman and flawed printer

12.40-13.45 Lunch

13.45-14.45 Panel 3

Alice Leonard (Coventry)

Redemptive Errors

Mathieu D.S. Bouchard (McGill)

 John Hughes’s ‘Errata’ in the 1715 Works of Mr. Edmund Spenser

14.45-15.00 Break

15.00– 16.00 Panel 4

Grace Murray (York)

Not Knowing How-To: Errors in Advertisements in Early Modern How-To Books

Michael Winter (Newcastle)

 ‘remembring alwaies, it is more easie to finde a fault then to amend it’: establishing and correcting errors in John Day’s Certaine Notes set forth.

16.00-16.30: Tea

16.30-17.00 Panel 5

Giles Bergel (Oxford)

Error, erasure and compromise in The Antiquities of Warwickshire.

17.05-18:00 Keynote

Helen Smith (York)

'Making Errors', a talk to celebrate the launch of Errors of the Common Press, Helen's letterpress-printed chapbook

18.00 Drinks

For more information, see:

If you would like to attend, just send an email to Ruth Connolly at  and Ruth Frendo at  to register.

Conference free.