22 Emma Smith – Portable Magic – 12 noon Saturday 17 June – Vinson Building
Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers
12 -1pm Saturday 17 June
Most of what we say about books is really about the words inside them, but books are objects in our lives as well as worlds in our heads. Gathering together a millennium’s worth of pivotal encounters with volumes big and small, Emma Smith unfurls an exciting and iconoclastic new story of the book in human hands and how it acquired its distinctive – and sometimes dangerous – hold over us.
Emma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford and the author of the Sunday Times bestseller This is Shakespeare. She enjoys silent films, birdwatching and fast cars.