The Write Stuff with Christian Stanfield

The Write Stuff with Christian Stanfield

Friday, Jun 09, 2023 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

     Join historian and collector Christian Stanfield at Burke’s Books at 6pm on Friday, June 9 for an interactive tour through the fascinating development of modern writing instruments, with a focus on the history of the fountain pen.  Pens and paper will be available to sample and test the models covered in this talk.

      From the Roman stylus & reed pens of antiquity to pens that can write on the moon, Christian will highlight the brands and models that propelled both the technical and aesthetic transformation of the way that we write—that is, the way we communicate, record our thoughts, and create art using words and symbols.

      Keeping a journal or handwriting letters bring joy to many people, and almost everybody makes lists of things-to-do to help organize their life, but how much thought do we give to the writing instruments that we use in these activities?  In this program, avid writer, list-maker and calligrapher Christian Stanfield will discuss the history of writing instruments, from the reed pens of the ancient Egyptians and the goose quills of European scribes all the way through the fountain and ballpoint pens of the 20th Century and into the click gel pens of the modern day.  Examples of these writing instruments will be available to test, and be prepared to learn about which fancy people have been associated with certain fancy (or not-so-fancy) pens!