Literary Places

Shakespeare Memorial Room – Birmingham Library

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The Shakespeare Memorial Room was created and designed by John Henry Chamberlain in 1882 to house the Shakespeare Memorial Library.

The room was dismantled in 1974 and stored in a depot. In 1986 it was moved to Birmingham Polytechnic (now BCU) but it was rarely open to the public. Read More

Eight Authors Write Ghost Stories Inspired by Heritage Sites Across England

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If you’re planning to get away from it all this Summer, and fancy getting in some early spooks before October rolls around, then you’ll want to check out Eight Ghosts: The English Heritage Book of New Ghost Stories. The book contains eight spooky stories that have been written by eight different authors, each inspired by English Heritage sites.

The authors include the likes of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon, and author of The Essex Serpent, Sarah Perry. Each author was given an historic site, and challenged with writing a ghost story set within the walls of said site. Locations include York Cold War Bunker, Dover Castle and Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall. Read More

Library Way In New York City

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While they walk to New York Public Library on East 41st Street in New York City, pedestrians are treated to literary-themed images inset along the sidewalk. The 96 illustrated bronze plaques depict various quotes from favourite authors and other notable figures.

Gregg LeFevre designed 48 unique images, duplicated to make 96 plaques, to be placed along both sides of the street so everyone has a chance to see them.

Wall Street Journal: “The quotes were selected during the 1990s by a panel that included representatives from the library; the Grand Central Partnership, which manages the Grand Central Business Improvement District; and the New Yorker magazine.”

Out of the 48 designs we chose 21 to show you here. Enjoy!

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London’s Tiniest Library Opens as Part of the London Design Festival

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The London Design Festival is taking over the capital for the 15th year right now and that means weird and wonderful art installations popping up all over the city. From playcastles to light shows, design trails and everything in between what caught out eye is the micro library on London’s South Bank.

This month London’s South Bank will be host to a micro-cabin of literature; the smallest library in the capital, measuring a rather tiny 3.5 square metres. The library will be home to books telling the story of London’s rich history covering everything from ancient tomes to modern day classics that reflect the city and its history.

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Has The Legendary Sword of King Arthur Been Discovered?

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All hail Queen Matilda, true heir to the throne, as deemed by the gracious Lady Of The Lake and the sword Excalibur!


According to the Sheffield Star newspaper, a young South Yorkshire girl discovered the legendary sword of King Arthur at the bottom of Dozmary Pool in Cornwall.

According to folklore, Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur into Dozy Pool following the death of King Arthur, and the Battle of Camlann. The sword was caught by The Lady Of The Lake and reclaimed by the pool… Until now.

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New Harry Potter Themed Restaurant Bar to Open in Exeter, UK!

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As you walk along the cobbled streets of Exeter, your stomach growling hungrily, you turn into Gandy Street. The weather has cleared at last but the walkway is still shining with rain. Window displays of gift shops and jewellers sparkle with their array of treasures, tempting you… But you wander past…

This is the heart of the independent shop of Exeter, its vibe is exciting, exuberant, and almost…magical.

You can hear the laughter of staff and patrons of a nearby restaurant, and the sumptuous smells wafting out of the doors of The Cauldron Inn are calling you…

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