Registration is live

I am pleased to announce that registration for the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the Early Books Society is now open. If you are not affiliated with UCD, you will need first to register through the website (below). Please read the following instructions carefully. 

On the booking site you will find five options:

(1) Full Conference Package: covers attendance at all sessions, transport to the city on Tuesday, receptions x 3, teas/coffees, as well as meals on campus (Lunch on Mon, Tues and Weds, and Dinner on Sun and Mon), and the banquet meal on Weds evening (a three-course meal in Avalon, a fine-dining restaurant in local Donnybrook). This option does not cover the optional trip on Thurs, which may be booked separately below. Full Conference Package is €220

 (2) Optional Trip on Thursday: includes a trip to Marsh’s Library or the Chester Beatty, both of which house a fine collection of manuscripts and early printed books. We will finish the day with lunch in the beautiful Silk Road Café in the Chester Beatty, allowing you to get to the airport to catch evening flights. The optional trip: €30.

Please note, the following limited packages are also available, although we hope everyone will register in full and join us for chat over meals.

(3) Attendance only: covers attendance at all sessions, transport to the city on Tuesday, teas/coffees, wine receptions. Attendance only: €125

(4) Catering only: This option might be suitable for guests accompanying delegates. It covers dinner on Sunday and Monday; lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and some light refreshments for guests arriving on Sunday also. Catering only: €70.

(5) Banquet only: is for those delegates and guests who may not wish to join us for lunch and dinner during the conference, but would like to join us for the Banquet on Wednesday evening. The Banquet is a three-course meal in an excellent local restaurant.Banquet only: €35

Please go to the following link to register:“>Registration EBS 2019 at UCD

If you have questions, please contact

To Tweet or not to Tweet

Social Media Guidelines, Early Book Society Conference

(with thanks to Carrie Griffin, our social media administrator at EBS)

Conference Hashtag: #EBS19; Society Twitter Handle @EBS
Facebook: @EarlyBookSociety

We have prepared a set of best practice guidelines for using social media (specifically Twitter) during the EBS 2019 conference at University College Dublin. Twitter is a great tool for publicising conference activity, allowing members of the wider community to follow what is happening and offering insights into specific papers and wider trends. It has been shown that Twitter can also have a positive impact on citations.

However, not everyone may be comfortable with having snippets from or responses to their research Tweeted, and some delegates may not wish to have pictures posted on social media. For that reason we ask delegates to adhere to the following guidelines:

For speakers

-Indicate to your panel chair your preferences for live tweeting before the panel begins;

-specifically, please mention if you do not wish to have images posted on social media;

-if you are OK with Tweeting, please include your Twitter handle and affiliation on your first slide so that audience members can tag you;

-consider preparing a Tweet to summarise main points of your paper that you can send out before panel begins; this can then be retweeted.

Speakers may also indicate whether they wish the audience to take photos of their Powerpoint slides.

For the audience

-Be respectful when Tweeting, and please honour individual requests for no Tweets;

-if Tweeting, include the Twitter handle of the presenter as well as their institutional Twitter handle (if appropriate), as well as the conference hashtag;

-try to share general information rather than specific details about research;

-if in doubt, don’t Tweet and don’t take photos of slides!

Summary Provisional Programme

Sunday 7th July

Registration; Afternoon Panels; Possible Plenary; Supper

Monday 8th July

Panels all day; Lunch; Plenary; Supper.

Tuesday 9th July

Panels morning only; Lunch; Trip to city for visit to ‘show-and-tell’ in city repositories; Possible plenary; Delegates free to enjoy dinner in the city.

Wednesday 10th July

Panels all day; Lunch; Possible Plenary; Croquet; Banquet.

Thursday 11th July

Optional Local visits to sites of interest with lunch. Cost to follow.


Three accommodation providers have agreed special conference rates for the duration of the conference. They are in ascending order of cost:

1.UCD Campus Accommodation have 70 rooms on hold at 69 euro per night and 8 euro for breakfast in the canteen, pay as you go. There is an early cut-off date for these rooms. Please book by 1st April, at the latest. These are single rooms in shared apartments of approximately 4 to 6 people. Delegates who wish to avail of this option are asked to book directly with UCD Campus Accommodation

Residents on campus have the advantage of access (extra cost) to all sports facilities, including a 50m pool. Check out the facilities here: UCD Sports Centre. There is also the UCD Clubhouse for post-session chats and drinks. For those of you who would prefer a late evening stroll, UCD has 8km of guided Woodland Walks. 

2. The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan is a twenty-five-minute walk from the Sutherland Building, where the conference will be held. It also offers a Shuttle Service to and from the campus, which must be booked in advance each day. For 159 single occupancy (B&B) or 169 double occupancy (B&B), the Talbot Hotel is holding 30 rooms, with a reduction in available rooms on the 14th April. To book at the conference rate, please use their website (link above)  and the following Code: EBSC2019.

 3.The St Helen’s Radisson Hotel is a twenty-minute walk from the Sutherland Building, where the conference will be held. It does not offer a Shuttle Service and is accessed by crossing one of the footbridges over the N11. For 189 single occupancy (B&B) or 199 double occupancy (B&B), based on a minimum four night stay, the St. Helen’s Radisson Hotel is holding 10 rooms at the agreed rate, with a cut-off date of 1st May 2019. To book this option, at the conference rate, it is better to email direct and mention that you are delegate of the EBS 2019 Conference.

For public transport to UCD see previous post: 

Abstracts Accepted

We received an exciting selection of abstracts and so, after some deliberation, the acceptance emails were sent last week. Working on the conference theme of social media, papers address the materiality of texts,  fragments, networks of distribution, the influence of early printers,  the role of later libraries, authorial interests and more. The clever referencing of social media was fun and thought provoking.

Roughly speaking for now, the conference will begin on Sunday afternoon the 7th, we are looking at a conference of approximately 80 papers. Brendan O’Connell is hosting a mid-week trip to Trinity College, where we will have a ‘show and tell’ with some of the holdings there (speakers tbd), and three plenaries (tbc). The Conference will conclude on Wednesday the 10th with a Banquet as per usual and the option of a trip on Thursday the 11th (details to follows).

Next steps for you: accommodation details will be posted in the next week; we are just waiting for a link to one of the spaces.

Next steps for us: (1) draft the programme. Speakers have 20 (to not more than 25 minutes) for papers, please, unless informed otherwise (some jointly presented papers may be longer, but contact the conference organizers about this option). (2) Work on registration details.

Meanwhile, for details on getting to and from Dublin and UCD, see

Getting to UCD

To Dublin From the Airport

Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is located north of Dublin City Centre. There are frequent connecting buses from the airport to the city centre, including a special shuttle service, Airlink which brings passengers directly to Busáras (Central Bus Station, Dublin).

Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown / Sandyford / Stillorgan which passes UCD.

From Dublin to UCD

Most of you will be arriving from Dublin city centre, and the easiest way to get to UCD’s Belfield campus is to take a city bus. The 46A, 145, and 39A buses go through the centre of town and come directly to campus. Timetables are more suggestions than schedules, and buses can be quite busy around rush hour times. From the city centre, leave yourself at least 45 minutes to catch a bus and find your way across the UCD campus.
NB: All Dublin Bus buses have wifi.

Catching a bus

Have loose change, as the bus doesn’t accept bills, and you’ll need to pay with exact change. Just tell the driver you are going to UCD, and she or he will tell you the fare. From city centre, the cash fare is €2.85. You can plan your journey on

Arriving at UCD

The 39A bus terminates at UCD, so no need to worry about getting off at the right stop. If you catch the 46A or 145, just press one of the red stop buttons when the electronic sign on the bus says UCD, or ask the driver to point out the campus. Many people get off at campus; you won’t miss it.

Both the 46A and the 145 set down on Stillorgan road. With your back to the bus, walk toward the overpass you’ve just passed. You’ll turn left at the light, cross the overpass/bridge over the motorway and be on campus. You will be able to follow the crowd.


Taxis are very easy to hail in town or from one of many taxi stands on main streets or in front of hotels. If you need to pay by card, be sure to ask the driver before you get in whether she or he accepts cards.

If you like pay-by-phone apps, MyTaxi is the most prominent one in Dublin. You can download it, add a credit card, and call a taxi anywhere that your phone is internet connected.


Avoid driving to campus if at all possible. Parking is extremely tight, though there are a few spots available for 3 Euro per day. For driving and parking directions, see here: