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On Wednesday 26 October join a panel of experts as they explore the changing role of libraries in the 21st century in response to a newly commissioned piece written and presented by author Ali Smith. The expert panel will be made up of: Dr James Campbell, Senior University Lecturer, Department of Architecture; Mark Purcell, Deputy Director for Research Collections, Cambridge University Library; and Alison Wheeler, Chief Executive of Suffolk Libraries. This evening is a part of the University Festival of Ideas 2016 and continues celebrations of the 600th anniversary of Cambridge University Library. This event titled Re/Collections: Libraries in the 21st century is presented jointly by Cambridge University Library and the Writers’ Centre Norwich, and can be booked by clicking here.

As part of the Festival we will also be welcoming visitors to the Historical Printing Room for a tour and demonstration of the Library’s considerable collection of printing artefacts on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 October. Visitors will be shown the practical details of hand composition of type and printing on a hand-press, exploring among other things the ways in which both conscious decisions and accidents in the printing house could affect the accuracy of a text. Book your place by clicking here.

Writers Centre Norwich