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Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

This year’s book is ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick,who unlocks a potential Odelle didn’t realize she had…

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Books to look out for in 2018

Books to look out for in 2018

A Long Way from Home

Irene Bobs loves fast driving. Her husband is the best car salesman in rural south eastern Australia. Together with Willie, their lanky navigator, they embark upon the Redex Trial, a brutal race around the continent, over roads no car will ever quite survive.
A Long Way from Home is Peter Carey’s late style masterpiece; a thrilling high speed story that starts in one way, then takes you to another place altogether. Set in the 1950s in the embers of the British Empire, painting a picture of Queen and subject, black, white and those in-between, this brilliantly vivid novel illustrates how the possession of an ancient culture spirals through history – and the love made and hurt caused along the way.

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Artizan St Library Reading Group met to discuss : There But for The by Ali Smith

Artizan Reading Group Discuss

There but for the

by

Ali Smith

This time, Ali Smith’s There but for the, her rather formalist-sounding title for a conceit-based intrigue of English, metropolitan, middle-class manners and weirdness.

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Thomas More’s Utopia and Evil May Day

“[how can anyone] be silly enough to think himself better than other people, because his clothes are made of finer woolen thread than theirs. After all, those fine clothes were once worn by a sheep, and they never turned it into anything better than a sheep.”
―  Thomas More, Utopia.  

Thomas More’s Utopia and Evil May Day

Wednesday 16 May

12.30 – 1.30pm

Barbican Library  

 Amidst spring celebrations, May Day also has long associations with workers, protest, demonstration and rioting.

And St Paul’s Cathedral was right at the heart of one of the earliest of these occasions, now known as the Evil May Day Riots of 1517….

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Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Cityread London, 1st – 31st May 2018

Cityread London is an annual celebration of literature that brings reading to life for the whole capital in a massive book group. Each spring, Cityread invites London’s citizens, workers and visitors to pick up a book – the same book – and read it together.

This year’s book is ‘The Muse’ by Jessie Burton

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick,who unlocks a potential Odelle didn’t realize she had…

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Maisie reviews Van Gogh by Tamsin Pickeral

Maisie one of Artizan Street Library’s Junior Reviewers in residence  tells us why she is inspired by….

Van Gogh

by

Tamsin Pickeral

 

 

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Dragon Cafe in the City

Have you heard ‘Pressure Drop’ yet? It’s a new sound art installation in Shoe Lane Library made with a bath and copper pipes! It’s all about “releasi ng the pressure” and relaxing, brought to the City by the always innovative and exciting Output Arts- https://www.outputarts.com/

Shoe Lane Library

Thursday 19th April

12 – 20:30pm

If you come along on Thursday 19th April, you can also take part in this week’s Dragon Cafe in the City programme:

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Guildhall Library

There have been several incarnations of Guildhall Library. The first library at Guildhall was
around 1425, when a “new house or library” was instigated by John Carpenter (Town Clerk) and John Coventry under the terms of the will of “the rich and pious merchant” Richard Whittington. This “fayre and large librarye” as John Stowe called it, began in a building on the South side of Guildhall Chapel. There is no surviving catalogue of the contents of this collection, but it seems to have been a library for students of the divine scriptures and so it is logical to conclude that it was a library of theological books (as indeed most libraries were at that time, before printing came to this country) This library was described by contemporaries as ‘Libararia communis’ (the common library) at Guildhall.

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eResource of the month

eResource of the month:
Oxford Music Online

Multiple music reference resources in one location, including Grove Music, the world’s premier online music encyclopaedia, offering comprehensive coverage of music, musicians, music-making, and music scholarship.

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