World Book Night 2015

“In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories.  […] at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but the space of books remains in existence. ”
― Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

We are organising an overnight event in the library for World Book Night, on the night of Thursday 23rd April 2015. A diverse line-up of speakers including literary alumni from Goldsmiths, students, staff and local residents and poets will read selections of their choice on the general theme of ‘The Night’, in relay, over the whole night to celebrate World Book Night 2015.

Lewisham residents who are not members of Goldsmiths Library will be invited to the event, alongside students and staff of the university.

We have successfully applied and Goldsmiths Library has been selected to be World Book Night givers, so there will be free copies of Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy edited by Neil Astley, our selected book for the event. We chose this particular book to highlight the role both literature and libraries can have in saving lives and improving wellbeing.  Mental ill-health is a widespread problem throughout Higher Education communities, and often becomes apparent in the environment of the library, particularly at night. We will be taking advantage of the library’s 24/7 opening hours to show how libraries and literature can be safe havens in dark or challenging times.

If you’d like to get involved by putting yourself forward to give a reading or register to attend and soak up the ambiance, please get in touch with the organisers. The event will be registered on Eventbrite shortly.


Alice Corble, Evening Library Assistant

Stephanie Moran, Night & Weekend Team Leader

Angus Sinclair, Library Assistant

Shazara Asgarali, Night Team Manager​


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