Overton Poetry Prize Winner Launch Night

Overton_Signpost_2016Winner of the 2015 Overton Poetry Prize, Sarah Leavesley, will have her poetry chapbook officially launched at an event on Tuesday 15th March.

Sarah’s chapbook, titled Lampshades & Glass Rivers, has been published as part of an annual competition presented by the School of the Arts, English and Drama.

The launch event will include readings by the School’s current poet-in-residence, Helen Calcutt, PhD Creative Writing student, Sophie Louise-Hyde, MA Creative Writing student, Naomi Riley-Dudley and, third-year English undergraduate student, Maggie Nash.

The Overton Poetry Prize invites students explore their creativity and submit a sequence of poetry of up to 300 lines on any subject. The winning sequence will be published by Lamplight Press, based at the University, with the two runners-up receiving a £50 book voucher.

The launch of Lampshades & Glass Rivers will take place between 7-8.30pm in the Stanley Evernden Studio, School of the Arts, English and Drama. Entrance is free and refreshments will be provided.

To be in with a chance of having your own work published, click here and enter the Overton Poetry Prize 2016 before entry closes on 30th April.

Student Book Club – Small But Perfectly Formed!

18498569The Student Book Club meets again before the Easter vacation starts when the novel under the literary microscope will be Jessie Burton’s award-winning historical novel The Miniaturist.

We’ll be meeting at the usual time of 7pm in the Library Staff Room on Monday 14th March. Copies of the book are available to borrow from the Level 3 User Services 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?

Harper Lee 1926-2016

51gzmhkPBxL__UX250_Harper Lee, author of the phenomenally popular and influential To Kill A Mockingbird, has died today aged 89.

Published in 1960 and awarded the Pulitzer Prize a year later, the novel has sold over 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated onto screen, stage and radio, most notably as an Academy Award winning movie starring Gregory Peck in 1962.

A long awaited sequel to the novel, To Set A Watchman, was only published last year.

Arts Showcase

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The Library’s Leisure Reading initiative and Student Book Club will be represented on Wednesday (17th February) at a special showcase being held by the School of the Arts, English and Drama down at Martin Hall and the Shirley Pearce Square.

Other events to look forward to at the Arts Showcase will include live performances from the Stage Society, creative workshops, spoken word performances and open mic slots.

On the hour, between 11am and 1pm, members of the Stage Society will be giving a whistle-stop tour of this year’s productions with three shows in 15 minutes.

The School’s Creative Writing Group will be leading 15 minute informal drop-in workshops at quarter past the hour, providing a taste of what creative writing at Loughborough is like.

In association with the Speech Bubble, the Students’ Union biannual spoken word event, students and staff will be presenting their own creative work at half past each hour.

Finally, open mic slots will be available in five three-minute intervals per hour for willing attendees share their work.

Information on many other arts-based projects on campus will also be available on the day. These include representatives from Flix (the University’s student-run cinema), LU Arts, The Student Wordsmith and the School’s own student-led publishing company, Lamplight Press.

The Arts Showcase will take place 11am-2pm at Shirley Pearce Square.

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