22-28 Sept: Banned Books Week UK

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

23 September: John Osborne’s Under Plain Covers

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.

26 September: Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

The UK has no official censorship – but does that make us too complacent? Explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with a panel of authors and experts. 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? Featuring Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series, and poet Dean Atta, in conversation at the British Library in London.

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