22-28 Sept: Banned Books Week UK

Join us to celebrate the right to read at one or all of these upcoming events.

22-28 September: Don’t listen with Mother

The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in Cornwall present a Banned Book at Bedtime – webcasts from the MWM Library. From the Grimoire to the Bodice Ripper; discover ancient magical texts subverted as evidence in witch trials, unpublished transcriptions of conversations with spirits, alchemic formulae, works of occult philosophy and novels so racy and depraved they were banned from sale on the Paris Metro! With special guest Dr Thomas Waters, whose book Cursed Britain is published by Yale University Press.

When: 22-28 September, live-streaming at 10pm
Where: Online @ https://museumofwitchcraftandmagic.co.uk/news/banned/

23 September: Webinar: Three ways librarians can combat censorship

This webinar will highlight how certain books can be used to engage students and patrons in constructive conversations and what strategies can be used by librarians when censorship arises. Panellists include Molly Dettmann, school librarian at the Norman North High School, Courtney Kincaid, assistant library director at North Richland Hills Library and Adriene Lim, who is dean of libraries at University of Maryland, College Park. The event will be chaired by Jemimah Steinfeld, deputy editor of Index on Censorship magazine.

When: 23 September 4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Where: Online
Tickets: Full details here.

23 September: John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover

A reading and discussion of the 1962 play by John Osborne at the British Library in London, which miraculously avoided a ban at a time when attitudes towards sexual behaviour were just turning. How differently would the play’s themes of privacy and public morality be received today?

When: 23 September 19:15 – 20:30
Where: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tickets: Full details here.

23 September: Walled In

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, writers consider walls in literature and in our lives. With the resurgence of interest in the boundaries and borders of nations across the world, is the symbol of that wall still potent in 2019? Do walls and censorship go hand-in-hand? And are there places where a wall could mean safety rather than segregation?

With David Hare and Ben Okri. Chaired by Samira Ahmed.

When: 23 September 19:00 – 20:30
Where: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tickets: Full details here.

24 September: Desert Island Books with Redland Library, Bristol

Join the Friends of Redland Library for a panel discussion on banned books with Philip Kent, Professor Madhu Krishnan and Jari Moate. Pay on the door.

When: 24 September 6:45 pm — 8:00 pm
Where: Redland Library, Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2PY
Tickets: Full details here.

26 September: Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

As part of Banned Book Week 2019, explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with Dean Atta, Fen Coles and Robin Stevens, chaired by Erica Gillingham. What are the invisible barriers to expression and publication? And how do editors, publishers, teachers, librarians, parents or even authors contribute to unofficial censorship around LGBTQ+ issues?

When: 26 September 19:00 – 20:30
Where: Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
Tickets: Full details here.

26 September: Write and Shine’s radical and rebellious writing workshop

Write & Shine runs a programme of morning writing events in peaceful London locations. As part of Banned Books Week, we’ll host a session about writing that takes a stand. We’ll create subversive stories, consider rebellious writers & think about books that have changed the way we look at the world

When: 26 September 9:00 – 10:45am
Where: Waterstone’s Bookshop, 19 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1BW
Tickets: Full details here.

28 September: 1984 at 70 – How has Orwell’s vision aged?

It is 70 years since George Orwell published 1984. So how do our political and personal landscapes today compare to Orwell’s dystopia? And can the book shed light on today’s data-driven security and surveillance society? Our panel: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth, an acclaimed new biography of 1984; award-winning foreign affairs writer David Pratt; and Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship. Chaired by Magnus Linklater.

When: 28 September 12:00 – 14:00
Where: Festival Marquee, 11 N Main St, Wigtown, Newton Stewart DG8 9HN
Tickets: Full details here.

These Banned Books Week events have been created in partnership with the British Library, English PEN, Free Word, Hachette UK, Index on Censorship, Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Service, Libraries Connected and The Publisher’s Association.

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