― 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.
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.
Alice Corble, Evening Library Assistant
Stephanie Moran, Night & Weekend Team Leader
Angus Sinclair, Library Assistant
Shazara Asgarali, Night Team Manager