Women Writers Online Free for Women’s History Month

wwoMarch is Women’s History Month, and to mark the occasion the Northeastern University Women Writers Project have made their Women Writers Online database freely available throughout the month of March.

Women Writers Online now contains more than 350 texts published between 1526 and 1850, including new works by Aphra Behn, Charlotte Turner Smith, and Mercy Otis Warren. If you are interested in any aspect of women’s writing in English between 1526 and 1800, you will find texts and contexts here in abundance — including some that are new since last year.

You can access the database via this link:


Women’s History Month takes place every March and is run by the National Women’s History Project. Every year features a new theme, and this year the theme is ‘Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives’. To find out more, visit the NWHP home page here:


Eden Flix Presents… The Yes Men Fix the World

logoAnother in the free series of Eden Flix environmentally-themed films is being shown at the Design Studio this Wednesday (4th March).

The Yes Men Fix the World is a screwball true story that follows a couple of gonzo political activists as they infiltrate the world of big business and pull off outrageous pranks that highlight the ways that corporate greed is destroying the planet. Along the way the duo discover the culprits behind the cult of greed, and in a wildly uplifting ending, they find a way for everyone to defeat the cult and save civilization from its own worst excesses.

The showing starts at 3pm in the Design Studio in the Keith Green Building. Admittance is free, but you will need to book first. To do this follow this link:


Guided Fruit Routes Walk

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There’s an opportunity to partake of a special guided tour of the University’s Fruit Route on Monday (2nd March) starting at 12pm right outside the Library.

The vision of Fruit Routes is to plant fruit, nut trees and edible plants along footpaths and cycle paths across the university campus creating a spring snowfall of blossom and an autumnal abundance of fresh fruits and berries for harvesting, eating and distributing. Different varieties of pears, plums, damsons, greengages, hazels, almonds, apples and hedgerow species suited to the local environment – and the changing climate – will be planted with and cared for by people who live, work and pass through these places providing an annual feast for years to come.

Fruit Routes provide an enriched habitat for people, plants, insects and animals, as well as a location for cultural activities and outdoor learning. This new project is funded by the University Landscape Master Plan in line with the Biodiversity Action Plan and is managed by the Sustainability Manager at Loughborough University working with project founder artist Anne-Marie Culhane. The project began life as a proposal for RADAR’s Building Green season in 2010.

For full details of the Route, download this handy map here:


Student Book Club March Meeting

9780141028590The Student Book Club meets again in March when the book up for consideration this time will be Sathnam Sanghera’s life-affirming Black Country drama The Boy with the Topknot. We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom on Monday March 9th at 7pm – just ask at the Level 3 desk for directions.

All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still purchase it for your Kindle or from local booksellers.

For more information, 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?

Speech Bubble Back at the SU


Speech Bubble returns to the Cognito Bar at the SU next Monday (2nd March) for another evening of the finest open mic performance headlined by two special guests Dan Simpson and Vanessa Kisuule.

Dan Simpson is a spoken word poet and compere of poetry projects, as well as an event organiser, workshop facilitator and writer. His poetry deals with love and literature, science and stars, people and Pac-Man: all that good geeky stuff. He also crowdsources poetry, something he has already demonstrated when visiting Loughborough University back in 2013 for a Literary Salon at the department of English and Drama. With this method he creates a poem entirely from words submitted by the public on a particular topic or theme, through social networks, by email and in person. Taking only one day or a number of weeks, Dan finally cuts up and combines all the lines and words that have been collated, to create a new, coherent and crowdsourced poem.

Vanessa Kisuule comes under many guises: zealous and over-idealistic student, weary but always well-meaning café-barista, and ardent, inadvertent and lovestruck performance poet. She has won several slam titles including the Bang Said the Gun Award, Poetry Rivals 2011, Next Generation Slam 2012 and the South West Hammer and Tongue Slam Champion 2012. She has performed at an array of festivals (Glastonbury!) and renowned poetry events such as Blahblahblah at the Bristol Old Vic, Chill Pill in London and Hit the Ode in Birmingham and now she’s coming to our very own Loughborough Students’ Union.

Again, there will be opportunities for others to perform their work by signing up to a number of the 10+ open-mic slots available. All you have to do is email Charlie Staunton at: c.e.staunton-12@student.lboro.ac.uk to sign up for these. These will be on a first come, first serve basis so sign up quick so you don’t miss out!

The fun begins at 7pm in the Cognito Bar at the SU. Entry is free to Loughborough Students and £3 for visitors.

Eden Flix Presents… Gasland 2


The Cope Auditorium is the venue for the latest in the Eden Flix series of environmentally-themed films this Wednesday.

In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humor to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).

GASLAND PART II, which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth’s climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox’s words “contaminating our democracy”.

The showing starts at 3pm in the Cope Auditorium. Admittance is free, but you will need to book first. To do this follow this link:


Bloomin’ Wonderful!


The University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day yesterday was another wonderful success yesterday (helped by some glorious spring sunshine) and we were overwhelmed by visitors to our own stand down at the SU, many of whom kindly brought our Mood-Boosting Tree back into full bloom – as you can see above!

We asked you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, and to write down why and then stick it on the tree. By way of an incentive, everyone who participated was entered into a prize draw for 3 Amazon vouchers and 2 Book Tokens. We’re very happy to announce that the lucky winners of the draw are:

Hamish Cameron, Francesca Lewis, James Matthews, James Rowe, and Ellen Verrier.

You’ll all be receiving an email shortly about where to collect your prize.

We’ll also be looking through all the other entries to discover what we haven’t got in stock and look to add them to our Leisure Reading collection. Thanks to everyone who took part – we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did!

School of the Arts Foundation Exhibition

1299Loughborough University School of the Arts is running a project across their Foundation programme based on the centenary of World War 1 and the ongoing conflict that still exists within in the world today on many levels.

Their aim was also to encourage collaboration between the four disciplines within the School of the Arts (3D Design, Textiles, Fine Art and Visual Communications). Students have interpreted the theme of ‘Conflict’ in a variety of interesting and thought provoking ways and this will culminate in an exhibition of 200 postcards in the Fine Art gallery space.

The exhibition is freely open to public view from Wednesday 25th – Thursday 26th February in the Fine Art Gallery at the School of Arts.