A&R Uncovered: A History in 10,000 Titles
With Dr Neil James
From the moment it published Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson in the 1890s, the publishing house Angus & Robertson had a knack for tapping into the Australian psyche. Over the next century, it published 10,000 titles ranging from fiction and poetry to practical books and popular travel; from educational and military handbooks to agriculture and natural history. Neil James will talk about his 25-year journey through the A&R archives and how our greatest publishing house both reflected and reshaped the Australian nation.
Dr Neil James is a cultural historian who completed a doctorate on the post-War publishing of Angus and Robertson at the University of Sydney. As Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation, he has helped hundreds of organisations communicate clearly. As the Nancy Keesing Fellow, he has been working through the A&R archives in the Mitchell Library to complete a 100-year history of Angus & Robertson.