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The life of a mobile librarian

The life of a mobile librarian

Gemma Todd has worked for public libraries for twelve years, and six of those have been at the Mobile Library Service. She works as a full-time Library Assistant/Driver in the West Midlands. 

The slogan on the side of our van reads ‘Feed the Mind, Free the Imagination’. I’ve always loved that. In other words, it means this van is a time machine. It’s a vehicle that travels to other worlds. Step on board and we can take you anywhere and everywhere you want to go! Magic happens on the mobile library.

An interview with John Banville

An interview with John Banville

John Banville is the author of Booker Prize-winning novel The SeaThe Book of Evidence was shortlisted for the same award in 1989. It tells the story of Freddie Montgomery, who stole a Dutch old-master painting from a wealthy family friend and murdered the chambermaid who caught him in the act. Narcissistic, greedy and reckless, he travels through life apparently without remorse. It's a wonderfully dark, insightful and unnerving crime novel and a lyrical exploration of an unreliable mind. Here we go into the mind of Freddie's creator...

An interview with Ellen Feldman

An interview with Ellen Feldman

Guggenheim Fellow Ellen Feldman has written five novels. Her 2009 book Scottsboro, which has been made into a Picador Classic, is inspired by the shocking true story of the Scottsboro boys. In 1931, nine black youths were accused of raping two white girls. An impassioned young journalist tries to save the boys from the electric chair. It's this intersection between individual lives and wider political events and ideals that makes Feldman's writing so powerful.

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