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A-B Libraries Tour, March 16-21, 2020

“Looking forward to exploring the length and breadth of the UK via the A-Z of its libraries and its local poets.  As a geography graduate and a reader and a writer, this is the dream tour.  No sleep till Z!”

Using the alphabet as a guide, each spring for the next decade Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK, from the flagship libraries of the big cities to smaller libraries serving local communities. It’s a journey that celebrates the library as one of the great and necessary institutions of human civilisation. 

The A-B Libraries Tour is the first week of his 10-year adventure.

LAUREATE’S LIBRARY TOUR, March 16-21 has been postponed, given the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Ticket-holders please contact the host library, details and links below.

In particular The British Library Box Office will make ticket refunds available from 16.3.2020  https://www.bl.uk/about-us/contact-us

Simon Armitage says — 

March 16-21 The Laureate’s Library TourUsing the alphabet as a guide, for a week each spring for the next decade Simon Armitage will give readings across the UK, from the flagship libraries of the big cities to smaller libraries serving local communities. It’s a journey that celebrates the library as one of the great and necessary institutions of human civilisation.

The A-B Libraries Tour is the first week of his 10-year adventure. 

Monday, March 16

  • POSTPONED – Ashby-de-la-Zouch Library. Local student-centred celebration with Simon Armitage. No public tickets available due to limited capacity. (Please see below for Kenilworth Library’s live-streaming event, Friday, March 20, instead)
  • POSTPONED  Belper Library – 2.30-4.00pm, Simon Armitage at the new Belper Library on Derwent Street. Derbyshire County Council. Strictly ticket only due to limited capacity. Please book here. NOW FULLY BOOKED

POSTPONED Tuesday, March 172.00-3.30pm, Bucksburn Library, Aberdeen City Libraries. A community celebration with Simon Armitage, also highlighting Doric (North-East Scots) and the poetry and prose written in Doric which can be borrowed from Aberdeen’s diverse libraries. Local guest poet, Magnus Dixon, Foyle Young Poet winner. Due to limited capacity, only a small number of public tickets will be available. To book, please email  LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk  NOW FULLY BOOKED

POSTPONEDWednesday, March 18 – 12:30pm, Simon Armitage with Leontia Flynn at The Linen Hall Library, Belfast – a celebration, with local student and community groups, of the oldest library in Belfast and last subscription library in Ireland, yet accessible to all. Renowned for its Irish and local studies collections, as part of the event the Library will reflect the alphabet theme of the tour by displaying its unique Robert McAdam Comparative Lexicon (c.1885), handwritten volumes of Irish words and their equivalents in 28 other languages, from Scottish to Manx Gaelic to Sanskrit.

Thursday, March 19

  • POSTPONEDBacup Library, Lancashire County Council. A celebration with Simon Armitage, two local schools, the library’s creative writing group and other community groups. Strictly ticket only. Due to limited capacity, only a few tickets are available via the library for the general public. 
  • POSTPONEDBootle Library, Sefton Borough Council, Liverpool City Region’s Borough of Culture 2020. A student and community celebration with Simon Armitage of the Human Library project. Local guest poets: Eira Murphy, Liverpool Young Poet Laureate / Foyle Young Poets winner, and Amina AtiqBBC Words First Finalist 2019.  Invited local groups, strictly ticket only.

POSTPONED – Friday, March 20 – 7.30-9.00pm, Simon Armitage at The British Library, London, NW1 2DB. Local guest poets: Theresa Lola, Young People’s Laureate for London, and Joelle Taylor, award-winning poet and founder of the national youth slam championships SLAMbassadors. Please note: at the time of writing £5 standing places are still for sale but all seats sold out unexpectedly rapidly. The British Library Box Office will make ticket refunds available from 16.3.2020 https://www.bl.uk/about-us/contact-us

Under ‘B is for British Library’, the Living Knowledge Network (LKN), a UK-wide partnership of national and public libraries created by the British Library, is kindly live-streaming the above March 20 event to participating libraries listed below. These live-screened events are open to the public. Seats are either low cost or free, but often booking is required. Please click each library below for tickets or enquire at the library in advance.

All events below POSTPONED

  • POSTPONED – Saturday, March 21 – Abington Library, Northampton. Small community celebration with Simon Armitage hosted by Friends of Abington Library. Limited capacity, so no public tickets available. (Please see above for Kenilworth Library’s live-streaming event on Friday March 20, instead)

 

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