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Teach First - A Lesson in Literacy

Stephen Fear | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

People often say to me "how did you succeed at anything with no education"? Well the secret is I didn't. I was educated, but not in the conventional s...

Sounds of Our Shores

Mike Collins | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

Close your eyes for a minute. Think of a favourite place on the coast. Tune into your memory sound bank and start to imagine the sounds that fill the airwaves. It could be the sounds from the days spent at the coast as a kid when the day felt like it would never end. Or it might be a trip to a seabird colony clinging to the cliffs and creating an intense wall of sound.

DIY, Not 'Me, Me, Me'

Tony White | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony White

I was pleased to be among the few hundred people that gathered in the Camden Centre for Stand Up and Spit: The Big One, which saw stunning sets from p...

Iconic Feminist magazine Spare Rib Makes A Welcome Comeback Online

The Huffington Post UK | Sophie Brown | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

The British Library have made the entire archive of the landmark feminist magazine, Spare Rib, available online. The magazine was first published ...

Offices Are Over. How We'll All Be Working Soon

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK

The success of virtual companies that thrive via remote working means the traditional office has had its day. Yet just because we can now virtually wo...

Here's Why Everyone Is Talking About Magna Carta

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK

The four surviving copies of Magna Carta have been united in London for the first time. The document - one of the first steps in the journey towar...

Keeping Business Overheads Low With the Help from Public Libraries

Stephen Fear | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Stephen Fear

For newly launched businesses, keeping control of finances is a necessity and those that act nonchalantly about expenses will often pay the price later down the line. Many start ups fall into the mistake of taking on too many overheads...

Remembering Beverly Berger

Jamie Andrews | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

When I first tried to contact John, it was Beverly who answered my emails. She set up an initial phone conversation with John, and then took the lead. Later the same year, I met Beverly and John in person at the LRB bookshop for a reading.

How to Create and Maintain Momentum After Startup

Stephen Fear | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Stephen Fear

For many entrepreneurs, launching a business can be the most exciting time. Putting so much effort into your ideas and seeing them take form is a great achievement. However, I have spoken to a lot of startups in the past that feel as though they have reached the finish line by simply getting their business off the ground. In reality, this is when the hard work really begins.

Literature Is a Library

Jamie Andrews | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

The great wonder of the British Library is that our vaults hold not only original literary texts, but the contextual materials that help today's readers place those works in the moment of their writing, and track responses to them over the years.

'Never Anything but Kindness': George Saunders, Folio Prize Winner

Jamie Andrews | Posted 23.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

Like many people gathered at the St Pancras Hotel last week for the inaugural Folio Prize awards, I was delighted when Lavinia Greenlaw, chair of the Jury, announced George Saunders as the winner.

The Music From the Balconies...

Jamie Andrews | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jamie Andrews

J.G. Ballard's papers were exhibited last year in the British Library's Writing Britain summer exhibition, part of the Cultural Olympiad, and are available to researchers in the Library.

Football's Origins In A £2.5m Book

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Sport

The British Library has announced the 1863 FA Minute Book, valued at £2.5 million, forms the centrepiece of its first ever football display. Marki...

Alas! British Library Blocks Hamlet Online For 'Violent Content'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK

An author researching Shakespeare at the British Library was surprised to find a new online filter had blocked Hamlet for “violent content”. M...

Global Education Ambitions Led by Online Tools

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 24.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

Building a competitive higher education system is a focus for many parts of the Middle East. But developing an educative infrastructure takes time, even with significant and shrewd investment.

Propaganda: An Idea Worth Spreading?

Rohini Bajekal | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Rohini Bajekal

At the talk, Trevor Beattie, responsible for French Connection's notorious FCUK advertising campaigns, remarked that the secret to success is being constantly curious, "we should be childlike but not childish and in a constant state of wonderment."

Africa Writes

Naana Orleans-Amissah | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Naana Orleans-Amissah

I'm on my way to Africa Writes, the second annual Royal African Society literature and book festival, and I'm intrigued. First by its title which I find assertive and common sensical: of course a continent, of now 54 nations, writes!

Globalising History and Culture - Why Britain's Cultural Institutions Should Embrace Their Ties Abroad

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

The role of great British institutions is currently under the microscope following the Culture Secretary's promise recently to 'fight their corner' when it comes to public funding. Maria Miller issued a rallying call to the cultural sector, referencing the significant and profitable impact it has on the UK economy and the success it heralds abroad.

Propaganda at the British Library

Bob Chaundy | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Bob Chaundy

The history of propaganda is just one aspect of the British Library's new exhibition entitled Propaganda: Power and Persuasion. In a series of six sections, it deploys some 200 exhibits - pamphlets, posters, ephemera such as coins and banknotes, quotations, film and interviews - to explore the different ways in which propaganda has been used.

British Library To 'Harvest' The Web For Future Historians

PA | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Tech

The British Library will begin to preserve the digital age for future generations when new regulations come into force. It aims to "harvest" the en...

Internationalisation Must Herald Educational Renaissance

Oliver Urquhart-Irvine | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Urquhart-Irvine

The world of higher education is converging on a common cause. The impact of rapid technological advancement and globalisation has expedited a process of sharing knowledge and breaking down barriers internationally across the sector.

An Auditory Journey Through Shakespeare's Restless World

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

The immortal value of a physical book is no news. Yet you will agree that the growing proliferation of audiobooks is remarkable for multiple reasons. ...

Medieval LOLcats: British Library Reveals Meme's Ancient Origins

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK Tech

How long have LOLcats been around? Earlier today HuffPost UK News declared that the world's favourite internet meme had been around since at least ...

'2013 January' Musings

Freya Simms | Posted 13.03.2013 | Home
Freya Simms

So the New Year has started with more of a bang than the annual whimper I often associate with the art world when it limps back into action. This year seems to have begun at full pelt with gallery events, exhibitions and auctions all doing their best peacock impressions.

Hand-Written Keats Poem To Auction For £45,000

PA | Posted 10.03.2013 | Home

A fragment of the only hand-written poem by John Keats known to remain in private hands is going under the hammer. Inspired by a walk on London's H...