British Library

Why I Published This Piece

I was very touched to see the comments to this column. I’m lucky to have some of the very kindest readers. I had written the piece out of necessity. When I sat down to look at the jumble of short stories, articles and novels I’d left on my laptop I had an epiphany;  Ie. ‘This […]

Reasons To Love The British Library

It’s not the grandest of buildings. It’s designed to be low-profile, to keep open views to the gothic St Pancras, a building that was almost torn down. The BL is friendly and usable, a bit municipal but oddly cosy. And it is home to…deep breath…60,000,000 patents, 13,950,000 books, 8,000,000 stamps, 6,000,000 audio recordings, 4,347,505 maps, 1,607,885 music scores, 824,101 serial titles, 351,116 manuscripts […]

Re:View – ‘Out Of This World’

Entering the science fiction exhibition at the British Library, you are greeted with a giant flying saucer having crash-landed into shelves of books, an appropriate metaphor for SF’s impact on the world of literature. There’s also an immense tripod bestriding the show. much as the shadow of HG Wells continues to fall across SF. The […]

First Rule Of Book Club: Look It Up

Want to face a really tough book challenge? How about a pub quiz at the British Library? The annual Christmas quiz is part of the institution’s TalkScience series, six audiovisual rounds on science trivia, bookable in advance (£2 per person for teams of up to five). The fun starts at 6pm. That’s the tip of […]