We bring world-class speakers, emerging voices and inspirational debate to public libraries and the people who use them. We livestream compelling cultural events with libraries across the UK, so you can get a front-row seat for free no matter where you live. Explore the website to watch our previous events and discover what we have coming up.
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Join us here: Wednesday 21 July, 19:30 - 20:30. Poetry and women’s stories from Newcastle. Meet Newcastle based poets, Degna Stone, Ellen Moran and Sky Hawkins and hear their new poetry inspired by the British Library exhibition Unfinished Business. From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, the exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. Dive in to the poets’ explorations in to the intersection of class and feminism, body image in mainstream media and creating a manifesto for the seventh generation. Despite the disruption of pandemic, the three brilliant poets have been working across Fenham, East and West End with branch libraries and organisations such as Children’s Society Women’s Group and Tyneside Women and Girls to capture stories that inspire their newly commissioned poetry. Leading poetry producers Poet in the City and the British Library present this special event as part of their Collections in Verse collaboration. You can explore more Unfinished Business events <a href="http://www.living-knowledge-network.co.uk/unfinished_business" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>
Join us here live: Sunday 4 July, 19:30 - 20:30. Join illustrator Chris Riddell for a celebration of the classic book. This event is available to public library lovers and users through our partnership with the British Library. Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, appeared 150 years ago this year. Lewis Carroll’s fantastical book takes Alice off through the looking-glass on a second adventure, to a place even stranger than the Wonderland of her first. Following on from his exquisite edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of our finest illustrators, Chris Riddell, has now brought Through the Looking Glass – and more of Lewis Carroll’s iconic characters – to vibrant, colourful life. Join Chris and our actors for a celebration of this masterpiece of nonsense, with readings and live illustration. Suitable for those aged 8 and above. Buy a copy of Chris Riddell's Through the Looking Glass <a href="https://shop.bl.uk/collections/june-2021/products/through-the-looking-glass" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a> Watch our event celebrating the release of Chris Riddell's first edition - <a href="http://www.living-knowledge-network.co.uk/library/chris-riddells-alice-in-wonderland" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Chris Riddell's Alice in Wonderland</a> You can browse the range of Alice in Wonderland products available on the British Library online shop <a href="https://shop.bl.uk/collections/alice-in-wonderland" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>
Join us here live: Tuesday 22 June, 14:00 - 15:00. Children's stories of immigration from the Caribbean. Join us to mark Windrush Day, set up in 2018 to celebrate and commemorate the Windrush Generation and their contribution to British history. This year we look at the stories and experiences of children who came to the UK from the Caribbean as part of the post-war immigration boom, and those who were left behind, joining their parents in their new life later on. In this event Benjamin Zephaniah will be in conversation with Black Cultural Archives Learning and Engagement Manager Ayshah Johnston, chaired by journalist and broadcaster Kieran Yates, to further explore the themes in his book, Windrush Child, and the legacy and struggles of this unique community. You can buy a copy of Windrush Child from the British Library online shop <a href="https://shop.bl.uk/products/windrush-child" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>
This event took place on: June 4, 8pm. Everything changed in spring 2020, when life around the world retreated behind closed doors and gender inequalities and systemic racism were brought to new and shocking prominence. Women of all backgrounds and experiences were disproportionately affected by the crisis. Essential debate and action was, for a time, silenced. Then we re-emerged in protest and started to rethink our fight for equality. So, what happens now? This book is a unique collection of essays, interviews, and fiction by feminist writers. In End State: 9 Ways in Which Society is Broken and how we fix it, James Plunkett argues that this can be a moment not of despair, but of historic opportunity – a chance to rethink, renew, and reform some of the most fundamental ways we organise society. Contributor Jess Phillips MP, Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding, is joined by comedian Francesca Martinez, activist and author Gina Miller, and James Plunkett, Executive Director of Citizens Advice. This event celebrates Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights, a UK-wide exhibition by the British Library and public libraries. BUY THE BOOK FOR THIS EVENT <a href="https://www.hayfestival.com/p-17593-this-is-how-we-come-back-stronger-feminist-writers-on-turning-crisis-into-change.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">This Is How We Come Back Stronger</a> <a href="https://www.hayfestival.com/p-17662-end-state-9-ways-society-is-broken-and-how-we-can-fix-it.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">End State: 9 Ways Society is Broken and How We Fix It</a>
Join us here live: Monday 19 July, 13:00 - 14:00. Marking the closing weeks of the British Library's epic exhibition on women’s rights, curator Polly Russell and guests explore the preoccupations, hanging threads and lingering dreams that have emerged from Unfinished Business: the Fight for Women’s Rights. The exhibition closes in London on 1 August, and around the UK in public libraries on 21 August.
Join us here live: Thursday 24 June, 17:00 - 18:30. A stellar line-up celebrates the publication of ten new children’s stories. Join children’s writers and illustrators Philip Ardagh, Sita Bramachari, Alexis Deacon, Laura Dockrill, Jamila Gavin, Jay Hulme, Jane Ray, Chris Riddell, David Roberts, Marcus Sedgwick and others, for an exhilarating mixed-bill of performances, readings, illustration and conversation to celebrate the publication of 10 Stories to Make a Difference. 10 Stories is a limited edition collection of 10 inclusion-led illustrated titles for young readers of all ages, giving a platform to diverse new writers and illustrators and untold stories by well-known authors. The stories feature characters of colour, with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ themes. The event includes a panel conversation on LGBTQ+ visibility in children's books. Published by national children’s literature development agency Pop Up, 10 Stories involved collaborations with 12 publishers and 20 writers and illustrators – nine making their debut, alongside established names who donated their work. Pop up is a not-for-profit community interest company with a mission to transform lives through literature, especially through working with people in deprived places and challenging circumstances. Pop Up produces transformative programmes with schools, communities and writers and illustrators at every stage in their careers.
Join us here live: Monday 14 June, 19:30. The story of the Gay Liberation Front Youth Group's central London march in August 1971. On 28 August 1971, the year before the first London Pride March, members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Youth Group organised the first LGBTQ+ public march in the UK. Beginning with a mass gathering in Hyde Park, GLF Youth Group and allies marched through central London to their rally point of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales for men over the age of 21, but the age of consent for heterosexuals was 16. The GLF Youth Group used the GLF newspaper to articulate their Declaration of Youth Group Rights and called LGBTQ to join the march through Central London. The British Library brings together participants in the first public march in the UK by LGBTQ+ people and instigators of UK Black Pride, to reflect on the meaning of Pride and community. Gay Liberation Front was founded in October 1970 by students Aubrey Walter and Bob Mellors after encountering the American gay liberation movement at the Black Panther Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in post-Stonewall Philadelphia (1970).