SHARP Lightning Seed grants for ECRs

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the new SHARP Lightning Seed grants for early career researchers. These grants are intended as quick micro grants that hopefully will produce long-term benefits.

SHARP is aware that one of the issues facing ECRs is to document the ability to obtain external funding.  Sometimes even small amounts will suffice, as both documentation of the ECR’s commitment and that the research addressed has the endorsement of a major global scholarly society. To this end, we have decided to make available a number of micro grants, in the region of 100-150 USD, for local book history activities organized by early career researchers. These grants are open to anyone, anywhere, who is a SHARP member at the time of application. Each application must state what the award will be used for, what the intended activity is, and who will benefit.  Submissions will be evaluated and, if deemed suitable, awarded until such time as the current Lightning Seed budget is exhausted.

Applications will be favoured that meet some or all of the following aims:

·         Aid research into or the dissemination of research about book history in its broadest sense

·         Have impact on the widest cross section of scholars or largest research audience possible, both at the time(s) of the event and subsequently within the wider community

·         Indicate subsequent activities that may be generated by the seed grant

·         engage with public humanities

If you are considering an activity that meets some or all of the criteria above, and believe that a Lightning Seed grant may help with an identified purpose, then please submit your application to

Simon Frost

SHARP Director of Transnational Affairs

Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand conference Connecting the Colonies: Empires and Networks in the History of the Book, to be held in Hobart, Tasmania, 22-24 November <>. A provisional list of speakers is below.

The BSANZ members rate is available until 30 October; general registrations will remain open until 6 November.

Keynote speaker
Professor Rodney M Thomson, University of Tasmania. Topic to be confirmed

Keith Adkins, Theophilus Anglicanus and the fear of Tractarianism in Van Diemen’s Land
Eric Anderson, Cheap books, bad books
Samir de Angelo, The book object: the book used as a response to missionary authority by the Amerindians of the northwest Amazon
Rachael Bell, Staking a claim: New Zealand’s Official Histories of the Second World War
Sally Bloomfield, The long reach of a little bushranger book: Michael Howe, the Last and Worst of the Bush Rangers of Van Diemen’s Land
Helen Bones, The ARCHivER project and the rise and fall of the Tasman writing world
Dennis Bryans, English Monotype: providing services to the Empire and beyond
Damian Cairns, For Church and College
Liz Conor, Peripheral vision: recurring colonial imagery of Aboriginal Australians as framing devices
Joanna Cruickshank, ‘The constant demand for sermons’: print sermons and religious networks in Australia, 1788-1888
Gillian Dooley, Matthew Flinders, Sir Joseph Banks and Robert Brown: the Library at Soho Square
Veronique Duche, Treasured possessions in Australian Rare Books collections
Penny Edmonds, ‘The British Government is now awaking’: frontier violence, Aboriginal protection, and Backhouse’s early colonial distribution of the 1837 Report of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Aboriginal Tribes
Mary Jane Edwards, Transnational connections: the Moodies, the Stricklands, and their Canadian, English, and South African publications
Simon Farley, Notes from Empire’s end: the diary of a Turkish soldier
Elizabeth Freeman, Thirteenth-century English Cistercian nunneries and their cartularies
Clare Gleeson, Owner bound volumes: a musical transmitter of culture
Jocelyn Hargrave, ‘Errors therein marked on the margin’: John Degotardi’s The Art of Printing and editorial practice in nineteenth-century Australia
Mark Houlahan, The Shakespearean Quarterly 1922-1924
Sandra Hudd, Writing for the folks back home: colonial missionary story-telling
Annaliese Jacobs, The silence of Wellington Channel: contested archives and the search for HMS Erebus and Terror, 1850-1851
Donald Kerr, ‘The charms that a savage life holds’: Sir George Grey’s frontier experiences
Wallace Kirsop, Providing printed matter for multicultural Australia in the nineteenth century
Amanda Laugesen, Dictionaries in the Australian colonies: a history
Cecilia Leong-Salobir, Cookbooks and the printing press in Britain and colonial Asia
Robin Macdonald, ‘Bound in leather, rather than parchment, to last longer’: nuns as discerning readers in seventeenth-century Quebec
Alicia Marchant, Boundaries and books: St Albans, Wales and the transmission of knowledge
Ruth Mollison, Converting flora and fauna into books: scientific collecting in colonial Tasmania
Kevin Molloy & Katie Flack, The Waifs and Strays of Sea Life: Melbourne printer Michael T Gason and the Voyage of the Tudor, 1857
Kathryn Parsons, That bright little New Zealand annual The Huia
Georgia Prince, Florence Nightingale and Sir George Grey: colleagues of empire
Sarah Randles, ‘Many a treasure more’: Robert Bedford and the Kyancutta Magna Carta
Sydney Shep, Personal geographies and global networks: William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters
Merete Colding Smith, Australia and New Zealand in nineteenth-century British children’s books
Jane Stafford, Mrs Muter and the construction of the lady traveller
Rodney Swan, Matisse’s Jazz: the enigma of his text
Nicki Tarulevicz, Learning to fear: textual encounters with food safety in Singapore
Evija Trofimova, The twilight zone of Soviet books
Hayley Webster, Circulating scientific literature: the development of the Museum Victoria library collection