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Watch again now. This event took place on: 18 October 2021. CW: This event contains discussion of mental illness and racial slurs. Actor and writer David Harewood and Gary Younge discuss the themes of David’s new book Maybe I Don’t Belong Here, a deeply personal exploration of the duality of growing up both Black and British, and of recovery from crisis. This event stages a rallying cry to examine the systems and biases that continue to shape our society. RSL 200 is the Royal Society of Literature’s bicentenary event series bringing together some of the world's best-known writers to explore the impact of literature on their lives. This event is available to the audiences and users of public libraries through the Living Knowledge Network. You can purchase David Harewood's book 'Maybe I Don't Belong Here' from the British Library bookshop <a href="https://shop.bl.uk/collections/october-2020/products/maybe-i-dont-belong-here" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>, or borrow from your local library.
Watch again now. This event took place on: 29 September 2021. Meet poets at the frontlines of protest movements fighting for the right to speak freely and without fear of persecution. Poetry is frequently used as a tool in protest movements to inspire, unite, and mobilise support. From Black Lives Matter and women’s liberation to protest movements in Myanmar and Afghanistan, poetry holds the power to gather crowds during a rally, or grab attention online. Poets can offer support and guidance in the most challenging, tragic or dangerous situations. Join Myanmarese-British poet ko ko thett and poet and scholar Dr Choman Hardi for a live poetry reading and conversation about the power of poetry in protest movements. In celebration of Banned Books Week 2021 with the theme “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us,” Index on Censorship and the British Library invite you to explore the role of poetry in protest. What role does poetry play in protest movements? And can poetry be a form of protest in its own right?
Watch again now. This event took place on: 22 September 2021. Can we reimagine our relationship with nature and protect the future? Join the Climate Imagination Fellows, Climate Fiction writers from around the world, to find out. As Glasgow prepares to host the UN Climate Conference (COP26), our panel explores the crucial role of imagination in the fight against climate change. With a special appearance from prize-winning author Amitav Ghosh. How can we marshal our collective imagination, accelerate the global transformations required by COP26 and move towards a sustainable way of life? How can we get beyond dystopian visions of climate chaos and focus on more positive, equitable and community-led futures? With roots in science fiction, Climate Fiction or ‘Cl-Fi’ is now expanding across genres and styles from poetry to thrillers and more experimental work. This vital area of contemporary fiction grapples with climate science, art, politics and technology, seeking to reinvent the way we envisage tomorrow. At this special event Climate Imagination Fellows: Libia Brenda, Hannah Onoguwe and Vandana Singh share stories that bring the future into the present. They will reflect on the essential role of storytelling in thinking through the consequences of our collective decisions and charting a path towards the futures we want to build together. Chaired by journalist, author and cultural commentator Claire Armistead. Watch the full length interview with Amitav Ghosh <a href="https://youtu.be/CnQiacyQ9Oc" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here.</a> Create your own 'Postcard from the Future' <a href="https://climateimagination.org/postcards-from-the-future/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here.</a> Find out more about the Centre for Science and the Imagination <a href="https://csi.asu.edu/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here.</a> Part of the British Library's environment event series, <a href="https://www.bl.uk/events/the-natural-word" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Natural Word</a>, which celebrates the underrepresented voices harnessing the power of imagination to change the world.
Watch again now. This event took place on: 19 July 2021. Marking the closing weeks of the British Library's epic exhibition on women’s rights, curator Polly Russell and guests explore the preoccupations, hanging threads and lingering dreams that have emerged from Unfinished Business: the Fight for Women’s Rights. The exhibition closes in London on 1 August, and around the UK in public libraries on 21 August.
Join us here live: Mon 11 Oct 2021, 19:30 - 20:30 Zimbabwean novelist, playwright, and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga receives the prestigious 2021 PEN Pinter Prize and delivers her keynote address at a ceremony hosted by British Library and English PEN. This event is available to the audiences and users of public libraries through the Living Knowledge Network. Watch last year's PEN Pinter Prize ceremony awarding Linton Kwesi Johnson <a href="http://living-knowledge-network.co.uk/library/pen-pinter-prize-linton-kwesi-johnson" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>. The PEN Pinter Prize was established in 2009 by the charity English PEN, which defends freedom of expression and celebrates literature. In memory of Nobel-Laureate playwright Harold Pinter, the prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit resident in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Commonwealth or former Commonwealth, who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination... to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’. Tsitsi Dangarembga was chosen by this year’s judges: The Guardian’s Associate Editor for Culture Claire Armitstead; literary critic and Editor-at-large for Canongate, Ellah P Wakatama, and poet Andrew McMillan. The prize will be shared with an International Writer of Courage: a writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty. The co-winner, selected by Tsitsi Dangarembga from a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN, is announced at the event. This year's award ceremony is part of Common Currency, a year-long celebration of freedom of expression, creative campaigning, and the best literature the world has to offer to mark English PEN's centenary year. For more information visit: englishpen.org/commoncurrency The PEN Pinter Prize is supported by the generosity of Ruth Maxted and The Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Watch again now. This event took place on: 28 September 2021. As home to multiple indigenous populations as well as more than 40,000 plant species, 2.5 million insect species and 2,000 mammals, the Amazon comprises the larges rainforest in the world. Increasingly under threat from encroaching development and human activity, its destruction threatens to unbalance the global eco system and decimate the rainforest’s indigenous communities. Join anthropologist Dr Eduardo Kohn, writer Pola Oloixarac and curator Dr Elisabeth Heyne as they draw from their research to reflect on the potential for engaging with, learning from and protecting the Amazon world. Part of the British Library's environment event series, <a href="https://www.bl.uk/events/the-natural-word" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Natural Word</a>, which celebrates the underrepresented voices harnessing the power of imagination to change the world.
Watch again now. This event took place on: 21 July 2021. Poetry and women’s stories from Newcastle. Meet Newcastle based poets, Degna Stone, Ellen Moran and Sky Hawkins and hear their new poetry inspired by the British Library exhibition Unfinished Business. From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, the exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. Dive in to the poets’ explorations in to the intersection of class and feminism, body image in mainstream media and creating a manifesto for the seventh generation. Despite the disruption of pandemic, the three brilliant poets have been working across Fenham, East and West End with branch libraries and organisations such as Children’s Society Women’s Group and Tyneside Women and Girls to capture stories that inspire their newly commissioned poetry. Leading poetry producers Poet in the City and the British Library present this special event as part of their Collections in Verse collaboration. You can explore more Unfinished Business events <a href="http://www.living-knowledge-network.co.uk/unfinished_business" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">here</a>