Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


21 February 2018

Joe Moran - Writing the everyday

Presented By Joe Moran, Liverpool John Moores University
  • 1:00-2:00 pm CRCC Seminar Series
  • Brockington U1.22

About this event

In this informal paper Joe Moran will talk about the process of writing about the everyday, with particular emphasis on his book Armchair Nation (2013), a history of watching television in Britain. He will relate his history of watching to the field of media history and his own more general research on histories of the everyday. He will discuss some of the challenges of writing about the ephemeral, mundance acts of daily life, as well as writing for non-academic audiences, but also the opportunities it has presented for writing a more essayistic, discursive, personal kind of history. 

Speaker Biography:

Joe Moran is a Professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. His books include Reading the Everday (2005), Queuing for beginners (2007), On Roads: A Hidden History (2009), Armchair Nation: An intimate History of Britain in Front of the TV (2013) and Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness (2016). His latest book is First you Write a Sentence: A Primer for Writing, Reading and Life, which will be published by Viking Penguin at the end of 2018. He has written regularly for the Guardian, the New Statesman, the Financial Times and other newspapers and magazines.