Philip Kent, Suzanne Paul and Mimi Thebo to debate ‘What are libraries for?’

Inside Arts Debate: What Are Libraries For?

Tuesday 20 February 2018, 6-7.30pm
Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Park Street, Bristol


In preparation for our debate next week, here’s a little more about our three speakers.

Philip Kent

Philip Kent was appointed the new Director of Libraries at the University of Bristol in November 2017. He is currently leading the development of the new University Library. Philip has 30 years of experience in libraries and cultural collections, most recently as University Librarian and Executive Director of Collections at the University of Melbourne, where he focused on supporting teaching, research and engagement missions and the exposure of the library’s rich cultural collections. In an interview for the student newspaper Epigram, he affirmed that ‘the library is the laboratory for Arts and Social Sciences students’, and emphasised the need for the library to include a gallery space to showcase collections and art work.

Dr Suzanne Paul

Dr Suzanne Paul is the Keeper of Manuscripts and University Archives at Cambridge University Library.  She is a medieval historian by training, and has worked at libraries in Cambridge since 2007. Within the broad field of manuscript research, she has a particular interest in medieval sermons and preaching, and in the application of digital technologies to the study and curation of medieval manuscripts. You can read about her work at Cambridge University Library here.

Mimi Thebo

Mimi Thebo is an international writer for both children and adults. Her novels, often about recovery from trauma, are humorous and humane. Her first novel The Saint Who Loved Me was shortlisted for the McKitterick prize, and her novel for children Wipe Out was made into a Bafta-winning film.  Her work has been translated into twelve languages. Born in the USA, Mimi has lived in the UK for many years. She is Reader in Creative Writing at the University of Bristol and is designing a new MA in Creative Writing for the University. You can read more about Mimi here.

Register for the debate for free via Eventbrite.


About Katie Brown

Katie Brown is a Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies at University of Bristol, book-lover and translator.
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