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“I can read you like a book…”

November 13, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Palace Green Library, Durham

There are leather books, paper books, digital books… and now human books.

Come along to our Living Library on November 13, and talk to our ‘human books’ about their lives and experiences. Just like a traditional library, you can borrow our books to find out new things or discover new stories, but instead of pictures or text, these books are real people with real stories and ideas to share.

Modelled after those run by The Human Library Organization, this free event at Palace Green Library offers ‘borrowers’ the opportunity to enjoy short conversations with people that you might not normally meet, and to explore (and perhaps challenge) some of your own ideas about what they are/do.

Sign-up today for the chance to ‘take out’ some of the following books from our library:

  • Fiona Butterfield – conservator at Palace Green Library
  • Mary Lowe – community reading worker and organiser of ProudWords, one of the first LGBTQI book festivals in the UK
  • Mary Robson – creative facilitator, arts-in-health pioneer and Board Member for the Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • Stephen Groves – singer-songwriter, voice-hearer and mental health activist
  • Tim Luckhurst – award-winning journalist and Principal of South College, Durham University

To register for the Living Library, sign-up for a 30 minute session using the links below. Please register for one slot only. You’ll be able to speak to any book for up to 15 minutes.

You can find out more about our books by downloading their blurbs here.

In addition to talking to our books, visitors may also have the opportunity to see the newly-restored Cosin’s Library after their slot has ended (depending on Covid-19 restrictions).

About the facilitator:

Richard Bliss is an artist/tailor whose work is rooted in community engagement and activism. Richard’s main interests are LGBTQI history and representation and an exploration of masculinity that challenges the traditions of patriarchy.

‘I can read you like a book’ is part of the Cosin’s Library Project engagement programme.


November 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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