Walk On the Wild Side with the Student Book Club!

wildjpg-b08786594708d9fdJoin with the Student Book Club and take a literary trip into wild this February with our novel up for discussion being Cheryl Strayed’s inspirational travel story Wild.

An epic tale of self-discovery and resolution in the wake of personal tragedy, Wild was filmed in 2014 from a screenplay by author Nick Hornby (About A Boy, Fever Pitch) and starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed.

The Club meets to discuss the book on Monday 15th February at 7pm in the Library Staff Room. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services Desk – just ask a member of staff.

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

Dive Into the Book Club this January!

17026_413852478709121_1163712783_nIf you’re stuck for a little light reading for the Christmas break and are interested in joining our very own Student Book Club, then copies of the next book to be read are now available to be borrowed ahead of the next meeting.

Suitably for the season, the novel in question is popular award-winning author/screenwriter Neil Gaiman’s poignant fantasy-fairy tale The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the User Services Desk on Level 3 (on condition you come along to the meeting!)

The next meeting is being held in the Library Staffroom as usual at 7pm on Monday 18th January.  For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

Drama Online Database Trial – New Content Added

drama-online-logo1A new module, Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen, has been made available to access as an additional part of the trial we’re running of the Drama Online database which we launched earlier this month.

Experience the magic of live theatre from the world’s most famous stage. Watch stunning Shakespeare and early modern films, recorded live on stage in high definition and surround sound, including award-winning performances, critically acclaimed productions and leading actors including Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.

The trial has been extended to run until 21st January. 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 s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk

Looking Forward to the Student Book Club December Meeting

42fd1b4e12d7a7071674a822cbed1f67The Student Book Club meets for the last time this year when the book up for discussion will be Alexander Masters’ Stuart – A Life Backwards, which was recently filmed by the BBC starring Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Unfortunately all of our copies of the book have been borrowed ahead of the meeting, but you can still pick up a copy from your friendly local bookseller.

We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom at 7pm next Monday 7th December. For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

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 http://dramaonlinelibrary.com – 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 s.c.corn@lboro.ac.uk

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: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, 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.