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September 2019

09
September
8:00 pm
@ Book-ish
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9 Sept: The Testaments Launch Party at Book-ish, Crickhowell

Book-ish will be celebrating the much anticipated publication of ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood with an evening event and Old Skool midnight opening. They will be starting at 8pm with a talk by Avril Horner at the Parish Hall, followed by sharing platters and wine and book chat at Book-ish. They will host a Margaret Atwood quiz and then celebrate the publication launch at midnight! Tickets include a copy of The Testaments, entry to the talk, a sharing platter and…

09
September
9:00 pm
@ Roe River Books
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9 Sept: The Testaments Launch Party at Roe River Books, Dundalk, Ireland

Join us for the midnight launch party of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s long-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, at Roe River Books in Dundalk. The evening will include a series of performances and selected readings. Complimentary wine and a discount of all Margaret Atwood books will be generously provided by Roe River Books.  More details on performers to be announced soon. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British Library, Booksellers Association, English PEN, Free Word, Hachette…

09
September
11:30 pm
@ Rogan’s Books
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9 Sept: The Testaments Launch Party at Rogan’s Books in Bedford

Rogan’s Books, a specialist independent feminist and children’s bookshop in Bedford, also plan a midnight launch for The Testaments on 9th September. They are arranging a lantern-lit parade of handmaids through Bedford, passing landmarks such as the Embankment, the river, the wall and the eerie Castle ruins. Just before midnight, the procession will arrive at Rogan’s Books to striking window displays, a reading from the first chapter and Handmaid’s Tale themed refreshments. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the…

10
September
6:30 pm — 8:30 pm
@ Storysmith Bookshop
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10 Sept: Storysmith Book Club Special: The Handmaid’s Tale

To celebrate the release of Margaret Atwood’s Booker-nominated new novel The Testaments, Storysmith Bookshop in Bristol is holding a very special book club to talk about her classic masterpiece The Handmaid’s Tale. There will be an informal discussion of the original novel, and attendants will enjoy 20% off a copy of The Testaments when purchased from them on the night of the event. Entry is free and includes a glass of wine. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British…

10
September
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Red Lion Books
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10 Sept: The Testaments Launch Party at Red Lion Books in Colchester

Red Lion Books in Colchester will host a launch for The Testaments on 10th September. They are inviting customers to submit personal and anonymous testaments of when they have experienced forms of prejudice. These testaments will be read by an actor. They will use the prize fund to create props, make bonnets and provide refreshments, as well as advertising the event on social media. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British Library, Booksellers Association, English PEN, Free…

11
September
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Belsize Community Library
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11 September: Banned Book Club at Belsize Community Library

Belsize Community Library’s book club looks at literature through the lens of censorship. Every third Wednesday of the month, at 7pm, they meet to discuss a different banned book. Some have been banned by censors in the UK, some by other governments or organisations. Why were these books banned? What effect did it have on the book’s reception and the wider society that banned it? What relevance does the book have to us? For each session they invite a guest…

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September
September 22, 2019 10:00 pm — September 28, 2019 11:00 pm
@ Museum of Witchcraft and Magic
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22 – 28 September: A Banned Book at Bedtime webcast with the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, Cornwall

Don’t listen with Mother: The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in Cornwall present a Banned Book at Bedtime – nightly webcasts from the MWM Library. From the Grimoire to the Bodice Ripper; discover ancient magical texts subverted as evidence in witch trials, unpublished transcriptions of conversations with spirits, alchemic formulae, works of occult philosophy and novels so racy and depraved they were banned from sale on the Paris Metro! With special guest Dr Thomas Waters, whose book Cursed Britain is…

23
September
4:00 pm — 5:00 pm
@
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Webinar: Three ways librarians can combat censorship

In all types of libraries, which books are allowed to be stocked versus which are not can be very contentious, especially when it involves parents, a board or a fellow colleague. In a webinar hosted by ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom for Banned Books Week, Index on Censorship and SAGE Publishing present a webinar in which librarians share tips on how to navigate censorship. The webinar will highlight how certain books can be used to engage students and patrons in…

23
September
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ British Library
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23 September: Walled In

Writers consider walls in literature and in our lives. 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, writers consider walls in literature and in our lives. With the resurgence of interest in the boundaries and borders of nations across the world, is the symbol of that wall still potent in 2019? Do walls and censorship go hand-in-hand? And are there places where a wall could mean safety rather than segregation? With David Hare and Ben Okri. Chaired by Samira…

24
September
6:45 pm — 8:00 pm
@ Redland Library
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24 September: Desert Island Books with Redland Library, Bristol

Join the Friends of Redland Library for a panel discussion on banned books with Philip Kent, Professor Madhu Krishnan and Jari Moate. Pay on the door.  

24
September
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ British Library
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24 September: John Osborne’s Under Plain Cover

A reading and discussion of the 1962 play by John Osborne at the British Library in London, which miraculously avoided a ban at a time when attitudes towards sexual behaviour were just turning. How differently would the play’s themes of privacy and public morality be received today? This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British Library, Booksellers Association, English PEN, Free Word, Hachette UK, Index on Censorship, Islington Council’s Library and Heritage Service, Libraries Connected, The…

26
September
9:00 am — 10:45 am
@ Waterstones,
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26 September: Write and Shine Radical and Rebellious writing workshop

Write & Shine runs a programme of morning writing events in peaceful London locations. As part of Banned Books Week, we’ll host a session about writing that takes a stand. We’ll create subversive stories, consider rebellious writers & think about books that have changed the way we look at the world

26
September
7:00 pm — 8:30 pm
@ British Library
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26 September: Truly Uncensored? LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature

The UK has no official censorship – but does that fact make us too complacent? As part of Banned Book Week 2019, we explore the challenges facing LGBTQ+ Young Adult literature with Dean Atta, Fen Coles and Robin Stevens, chaired by Erica Gillingham. What are the invisible barriers to expression and publication? And how do editors, publishers, teachers, librarians, parents or even authors contribute to unofficial censorship around LGBTQ+ issues? Dean Atta was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection, I…

28
September
12:00 pm — 2:00 pm
@ Wigtown Book Festival
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28 September: 1984 at 70 – How Has Orwell’s Vision Aged?

It is 70 years since George Orwell published 1984. So how do our political and personal landscapes today compare to Orwell’s dystopia? And can the book shed light on today’s data-driven security and surveillance society? Our panel: Dorian Lynskey, author of The Ministry of Truth, an acclaimed new biography of 1984; award-winning foreign affairs writer David Pratt; and Julia Farrington of Index on Censorship. Chaired by Magnus Linklater. This is a Banned Books Week event in partnership with the British…

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