Wednesday 15 April 2015

An Evening of Coffee House Conversation

Last time we met Adam Smith, he was here to discuss a beautiful 18th century garden in the heart of Sheffield. That fair city is our destination once again today with a chance to attend an evening devoted to coffee house culture!


Coffee, Culture and Conversation in the Eighteenth Century
Tues 21st April, Union Street Pop-Up Café, Sheffield
(18-20 Union Street, S1 2JP)

Why has the Coffee House been so popular for 300 years? Where does ‘Coffee Culture’ come from?

What was ‘Clubbing’ like in the Eighteenth Century?

How did three women come to be found dead behind a locked door in one or Eighteenth-Century London’s most prestigious districts?

Find out during an evening of coffee and conversation, exploring the role and representation of the eighteenth-century coffee house…

Inspired by the work of Sheffield’s Twin Café and the release of The Coffee House (a short film by Adam James Smith, Gemma Thorpe and the University of Sheffield’s Arts Enterprise), this charitable event will present a series of exciting papers and dramatic readings which trace the perennial relationship between coffee and community back to coffee houses and literature of the eighteenth century. Readings will approach the coffee house from an exciting range of perspectives, surveying contemporary eighteenth-century accounts (including the story of a murder in a London coffee house!), poetry, print and more. The event will also host the first public screening of The Coffee House film.

We have a number of exciting speakers and topics to cover and the evening will roughly look as follows:

5.30. Arrival

6.00. Greetings and Introduction to the event followed by a screening ‘The Coffee House’ film, Adam Smith and Sarah Murphy

6.15. Ned Ward and the Eighteenth-Century Coffee House, Kate Davison(University of Sheffield, History)

6.30. An Eighteenth-Century Murder Mystery: The Case of Sarah Malcolm, Anna Jenkin (University of Sheffield, History)


7.00. Alexander Pope’s Rape of the Locke: An Eighteenth-Century Reading, Carly Stevenson (University of Sheffield, English)

7.15. The Eighteenth-Century Coffee House and the Invention of ‘Clubbing’, Sam Longhurst (University of Sheffield, English)

7.30. ‘Conversation and Conversazione’: Conversation and the Coffee House, Richard Gough Thomas (Manchester Metropolitan University, English)

7.45. A Dream of the Coffee House: 'The Coffee House' Film, Adam James Smith (University of Sheffield, English)

8.00. Q/A and Close

£3 on the door, with all proceeds going to: 

  • 393 Youth Club - Open access youth club in Hillsborough
  • Roundabout - Homeless charity for young people
  • Los Angelitos - Music project for young people in Esteli.

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If you have any questions, get in touch with Adam – Email: Twitter: @elementaladam

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