Shhhhh, 2011 London Word Festival is back with a library theme...
Friday 15 April 2011
How to speak up for a space where speaking up is not exactly encouraged? Just one challenge facing the nationwide campaign against local library closures this year. "Please keep the noise down" isn't an ideal protest chant. Then again, perhaps libraries aren't quite as quiet as we all thought.
I'm sitting in beautiful Bishopsgate Library in the heart of the City, immersed in The Quiet Volume, a magical audio experience that draws attention to the surprisingly noisy nature of silent reading. Ant Hampton and Tim Etchell's self-generated performance is part of the 2011 London Word Festival, back for another month of literary hook-ups and love-ins, this time with libraries as its broad theme.
Later in the month, focus will switch to the future of book-borrowing in No Furniture So Charming (21 April), an open debate at Bethnal Green Library featuring interested parties from across the literary spectrum, including Nora Daly of the British Library and Chris Meade of Brooklyn blog and think-tank, if:book.
And finally, a lament for libraries past, as singer Emmy the Great and poet Jack Underwood present The Goodbye Library (27 April), a shelf-by-shelf tribute at Islington's The Nave to the Dewey Decimal System. Guests including Submarine writer Joe Dunthorne will eulogise sections ranging from Mind, Body and Soul to Teenage Fiction.
The 2011 London Word Festival runs until 5 May (londonwordfestival.com)
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 4 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 5 Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
Stolen Instagram photo sells for $90,000
Art Garfunkel calls Paul Simon a 'monster' with a Napoleon complex
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Dheepan, film review: Palme d'Or prize goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Game of Thrones, The Gift, Season 5, Episode 7: Why two of the show’s most iconic characters just met
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland