18 episodes

Buzzing, creative, brave. Libraries don’t just keep our stories safe; they’re where new stories begin. Meet the people making amazing things happen in them. Hosted by Cleo Laskarin from the British Library’s exhibitions team. Discover more at www.bl.uk. Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

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Buzzing, creative, brave. Libraries don’t just keep our stories safe; they’re where new stories begin. Meet the people making amazing things happen in them. Hosted by Cleo Laskarin from the British Library’s exhibitions team. Discover more at www.bl.uk. Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.

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    Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

    Do librarians dream of electric cranes?

    To start the new year, we take a look into the future. Meet the British Library’s robot assistants, get coding at Oxfordshire County Library and take the long view with Norway’s Future Library. Plus we visit our Flashback Project in Boston Spa, which ensures digital content is preserved and accessible even after the original technology has become obsolete.

    • 30 min
    Joining the library: Blindboy

    Joining the library: Blindboy

    ‘He was writing in the way that I speak. He was talking about country roads that I know….it was me.’ Author and podcaster Blindboy tells us about the writing that made him: The Third Policeman (written in 1939 and published in 1967) by Brian O'Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O'Brien. Contains plot spoilers and some profanity.

    • 8 min
    Libraries of the unexpected

    Libraries of the unexpected

    Encounter Willard Library’s Lady in Grey, be spellbound by the British Library’s collection and meet a druid from a library in the heart of spiritual south-west England. Who you gonna call? A librarian, obviously.

    • 36 min
    Joining the library: Damian Le Bas

    Joining the library: Damian Le Bas

    ‘It’s interesting when something which isn’t of your realm of experience causes you to look at your own domain differently.’ Writer Damian Le Bas tells us about The Son by Philipp Meyer (2013).

    • 13 min
    ‘An embassy for humanity’

    ‘An embassy for humanity’

    Libraries are good company. This month we borrow some people from the Human Library, join the Little Free Library book-sharing movement and visit a sports academy working with young people which received support from our Business & IP Centre.

    • 34 min
    Joining the library: Billy Childish

    Joining the library: Billy Childish

    Punk painter and writer Billy Childish discusses the writing that made him: Lust for Life by Irving Stone (1934).

    • 9 min

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