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Artsfest Online: 13 August 5 pm - Jessica Glaser Reading - VJ Day War Diary of Beatrice Warde

Artsfest Online: 13 August 5 pm - Jessica Glaser Reading - VJ Day War Diary of Beatrice Warde

Following the success of her reading from Beatrice Warde's VE Day Diary, Jessica Glaser returns to share more knowledge on this leading figure of the 20th Century printing industry.

Jessica will read the VJ day diary of Beatrice Warde, best known as the publicity manager of the Monotype Corporation, and as the ‘First Lady of Typography’.

During World War Two Warde became an anti-Fascist campaigner, founding of the Anglo-American book exchange, ‘Books Across the Sea’ with the intent of fostering cultural understanding through books and in so doing countering complacent attitudes towards the Nazi threat. As a diarist, she captured accounts of life in wartime Britain, which she addressed to her mother, the powerful, New York based journalist, May Lamberton Becker.

This presentation will also present a second themed account of Warde’s wartime experience. Additional to her VJ day diary, Jessica will also read a second, 1940 piece by Beatrice Warde for the Outpost Newsletter.

Focusing on the challenges of maintaining a coiffured appearance, this reading may resonate with many attempting to maintain contemporary hair care regimes.

Jessica Glaser is an associate Senior Lecturer in Graphic Communication at the University of Wolverhampton and partner in Bright Pink Communication Design. Jessica is working on a PhD examining the circumstances of Beatrice Warde as First Lady of Typography.

She has written a number of books on design and typography, including The Graphic Design Exercise Book and is a regular contributor to conferences.

Listen to Beatrice Warde’s VE day diary read by Jessica Glaser: 

Jessica's research is supported by the Centre for Printing History and Culture.

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