Broadside Ballads Reconfigured is a Creative Scotland-supported project that creates new works of popular song based on the National Library of Scotland online archive. Broadside ballads are a form of popular music and entertainment that dates back to the 16th century. These ballads were typically printed on a single sheet of paper. They were sold in public places like market squares, fairs, and outside theatres. Broadside ballads were one of the earliest forms of mass media, providing news, stories, and entertainment to the general public.