Online Exhibition

An open call for literary references to the telephone!

Reflecting on the long history of creative calling, the Crossed Lines project is inviting contributions to an online exhibition of literary telephones and we would love to hear from you! We’re looking for references to telephones in literary texts of all genres, and from a range of periods and places. 

Texts may be obscure or well-known, and international literatures are encouraged (although submissions must include an English translation).

Please submit the following information to

The title and author of your chosen text

A quotation / extract from the text (maximum 150 words)

A brief account of the role of the telephone in the text (around 200 words)

A colour photograph of the front cover of the text (jpeg)

Please send us suggestions of texts by other writers, rather than nominating your own book!

All contributions accepted for our online exhibition will be fully credited to each individual author.

Closing date: 24 July 2020.

For enquiries please contact Sarah Jackson at

Crossed Lines is an AHRC-funded research project led by Dr Sarah Jackson in partnership with the Science Museum and the BT Archives.