Alice in Wonderland at the British Library

8094521102_c664d3c69d_zTo celebrate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s seminal children’s tale Alice in Wonderland, the British Library are this week launching a special exhibition dedicated to all things Alice.

Although the story has been adapted, appropriated, re-imagined and re-illustrated since its conception, Carroll’s original story continues to inspire new generations of writers, illustrators and film-makers.

On display will be Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript with hand-drawn illustrations, alongside stunning editions by Mervyn Peake, Ralph Steadman, Leonard Weisgard, Arthur Rackham, Salvador Dali and others.

The exhibition runs from Friday 20th November through until Sunday 17th April 2016. Admission is free.

For further information visit the British Library website here.

Alice in Wonderland book jacket courtesy of misopocky, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Database Trial – Drama Online

drama-online-logo1Between now and the New Year we’re running a trial of Drama Online, a resource that should be of great interest to English & Drama students as well as anyone interested in dramatic and performance arts.

Over 1000 plays by new writers as well as iconic names feature on this ground-breaking digital resource which provides contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides.  The award-winning Drama Online introduces new writers alongside the most iconic names in playwriting history, providing contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. The constantly growing collection meets the full range of teaching needs for theatre studies, literature courses and drama schools. From the epic to the monologue; ensemble to one-person plays; comedy to tragedy; the historical to the contemporary; and from the highly political to the profoundly personal, there is plenty to discover. The unique Play Tools with Character Grids, Words and Speech graphs and Part Books offer a new way to engage with plays for close study or for performance.

The trial includes the following modules:

LA Theatre Works

Over 300 audio recordings of thought provoking drama from canonical texts such as Caryl Churchill’s literary classics such as Twelve Angry Men, iconic modern works from the oeuvre of leading American playwrights including Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill; Pulitzer Prize-winning titles such as Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers and contemporary works such as Lucy Prebble’s Enron.  The audio plays are of the highest quality and feature leading actors such as Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis and hundreds more.

Nick Hern Books

The Nick Hern Play Collections features over 350 plays from one of the UK’s leading specialist theatre publishers.  The collection will feature important works from Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, David Edgar, Helen Edmundson, Liz Lochhead, Conor McPherson, Rona Munro, Enda Walsh and Nicholas Wright.

To begin using Drama Online please go to – access is via IP address or from off-campus login via the VPN.

The trial will end on January 10th 2016. We welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial and it would be very helpful if you are able to comment on each module.  Please contact Steve Corn

Student Book Club – Come & See Us!

SJ-Bolton-Now-You-See-MeFollowing on from our successful launch night last month the Student Book Club will be meeting for the first time this academic year on Monday 9th November in the Library Staffroom at 7pm.

The first book up for discussion is S.J. Bolton’s suspense thriller Now You See Me, the first novel in her successful Lacey Flint detective series. If you haven’t read the book before, don’t worry – we still have copies available to borrow ahead of the meeting from the Level 3 Enquiry Desk – just ask a member of staff for a copy.

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library:, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Spooky Treats For Halloween

IMG_0085If the weather’s gruesome this Halloween and you don’t fancy trick or treating in the cold and rain, then why not take a little of the spooky season home with you this weekend by taking a dip into our very own Twilight Zone of horror & supernatural fiction and film here in the Library…

We have an ever-expanding stock of horror novels among our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and Iain Banks, as well as graphic novels such as Alan Moore’s From Hell and the first book in the ever-popular Walking Dead series, as well as a wide selection of more classic spine-chillers downstairs in our literature section on Level 2 including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and a wide range of classic supernatural tales by M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood.

Horror movie fans are well catered for too by our range of DVDs in our High Demand collection on Level 3. Ranging from screen legends Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff in their immortal guises of Dracula and Frankenstein in the Universal Studios classics from the 1930’s, to the more contemporary thriller-chillers of George Romero (Dawn of the Dead), John Carpenter (Halloween) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), there’s bound to be something to see you through the witching hour… and beyond!

Welcome to Helen Calcutt, Loughborough’s New Poet in Residence

HCLoughborough University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama have announced Helen Calcutt as this year’s University Poet in Residence.

Helen is the author of Sudden Rainfall, her first collection of poetry. It was published by experimental English publishing house Perdika Press and was listed for the Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice Award. Her second collection, Siren, is due to be published next year.

Helen will be running workshops and offering ‘open-door’ sessions for the students who want to discuss their writing, and working as poet. She will also attend events such as the Writing East Midlands Writers’ Conference, which Loughborough is hosting this year.

As poet in residence, she will be the judge of this year’s poetry competition. The prize for the winning poet is publication by Lamplight Press, and a launch, at which the winner, the poet in residence and some of the School’s creative writing students read.

The poet in residence post is funded by alumni contributions and the Overton Poetry Prize, set up last year in memory of Professor Bill Overton. The idea behind the poet in residence is to give an opportunity to a relatively early-career poet to work with students and to contribute to the creative life of the School and wider University.

To find out more about Helen and her writing, visit her website here.

West Africa – Word, Symbol & Song at the British Library

blA major new exhibition, West Africa: Word, Symbol & Song, begins at the British Library from today, celebrating the cultural dynamism of West Africa, from early symbolic scripts and illuminated manuscripts, to the writings of Wole Soyinka and the music of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

From the great manuscript libraries of the early Middle Ages, through to colonialism and independence right up to the writers and artists working in the present day, West Africa has a powerful literary, artistic and musical heritage.

The exhibition traces a thousand years of this history, drawing on over 200 stunning manuscripts, books, sound and film recordings as well as artworks, masks and colourful textiles from the British Library’s vast African collections and beyond, offering an insight into the centuries-old written heritage, as well as the ancient oral traditions of West Africa, both of which continue to influence and inspire in the present day.

The exhibition, which runs through until 16th February, will be accompanied by a major series of talks, events and performances. For further details, visit the British Library website here.

Murder, She Read… Student Book Club Launch Night

murder she readIf you fancy reading and chatting about great novels from lots of different genres, enjoying home-baked refreshments and taking part in other social activities, why not come along to the official crime-themed launch of the Loughborough University Student Book Club at 7pm on Tuesday October 20th in the Village Bar?

  • Scampi and chips for £2.95!
  • Guest speaker: John Martin – author and authority on crime writing
  • Pick up a brand new copy of Now You See Me by Sharon Bolton, the first great novel we’ll be discussing
  • Exciting prize draw!
  • Display of crime novels

For catering purposes, please register your interest in attending with Sharon at the Library:

Comments from previous members:
“Thanks so much for doing this club by the way, it’s been great!”
“It is fun and the sessions…are a good chance to meet new people”
“I’ll be coming to the meeting … I can’t wait to talk about the book”

Man Booker Prize 2015 Announced

marlon james by georgia popplewellCongratulations to author Marlon James, who last night won this year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

The 680-page novel spans three decades and is set in the murky world of the Jamaican underworld. Its primary storyline is based around the true story of an attempt on the life of the legendary Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley.

James is the first Jamaican novelist to win the £50,000 prize, which was controversially won last year by Australian author Richard Flanagan. We’ll be getting a copy of A Brief History of Seven Killings for our stock shortly, but in the mean time you can find previous Booker Prize winners among our Leisure Reading stock upstairs on Level 4.

And if thriller novels are your thing, don’t forget that we’re holding our Student Book Club re-launch next Tuesday, which has a special crime fiction theme. Why not come along – deerstalkers and magnifying glasses not required!

Marlon James portrait by Georgia Popplewell, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Make Like a Poet! National Poetry Day

national poetry dayToday is National Poetry Day, a nationwide celebration of poetry for everyone, everywhere, which falls every year on the first Thursday of October. Since it was first launched in 1994, the day has been marked by a nationwide celebration of all things poetic.

From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely “themed” – the theme is not prescriptive but it serves to kick start inspiration. This year’s theme invites people to speak, think, act, love, live and dream ‘like a poet’ by sharing poetry in every conceivable way, using the Twitter hashtags #nationalpoetryday and #thinkofapoem.

Thanks to our own English & Drama School, we’ve built up quite an extensive range of poetry, ancient and modern, ranging from the Greek epic poetry of Homer to Shakespeare’s Sonnets, to the 19th century classics of Coleridge and William Wordsworth, to the contemporary poetry of Philip Larkin and Andrew Motion. Not forgetting our comprehensive range of literature databases available on Library Catalogue Plus, most notably Literature Online (LION), from which you can glean everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite poem or poem. Why not have a browse?

International Student Book Club

照片 2Do you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you! You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and share your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at or just come to our first meeting in Seminar Room One in the Library at 5pm on 6th October. You can also join us on Facebook.

All students are welcome to the general Loughborough University Student Book Club where you can discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?