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book-clip-artThere’s been a campaign running across BBC television and radio to highlight the joys of reading for children and adults.

The dedicated #LovetoRead website is an inspirational goldmine! For example, here’s an article on the life of Sue Townsend, an author who kept her writing secret for years. An obvious parallel is JK Rowling. The author of the Harry Potter books struggled through temporary jobs and unemployment before her books took off.

Writing and reading fiction like these two women’s books is at least an escape from reality for thousands and millions of people. Yet the stories behind their stories speak of the power of positive change, dedication and creativity. Who doesn’t love rags to riches stories? Often ‘riches’ doesn’t just mean money but self-development, success or enlightenment. We have many uplifting life stories in the LRC on the biography shelves. We’ll be back in the main LRC in a week so please come and find out about reading a feel-good book.

If you are a social media keen bee you can use the hashtag #LovetoRead to easily find and connect with other readers around the UK and the world! If you are interested in hashtags, children are using them in stories now!

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Biographical Dictionary and Great Speeches books18 January 2016 was Martin Luther King Day in the United States of America. If you want to find out more about King and other well-known figures then the Chamber’s Biographical Dictionary is the best place to start. This key reference book also covers famous people in the fields of literature, arts, engineering, law, science and politics. To search for his famous ‘I Had a Dream’ speech try the Chambers Book of Great Speeches. The book gives a short biography of the speech giver and explains the context in which they delivered their speech. Other entries include Churchill, the feminist Betty Friedan and Malcolm X.

For those of you where English is just one of your languages then we’ve also got a Graded Reader. And if you’re interested in Malcolm X then watch Spike Lee’s Malcolm X film on DVD.

Having read King’s Speech then watch our recording of Simon Armitage explaining how King’s speech had such an impact on the BBC programme Speeches That Shook the World. You can catch clips of the programme on BBC iPlayer.

Calculating Ada from Radio TimesYou may have noticed the BBC is currently running a season programmes on everything digital.

We’ve just added BBC4’s Calculating Ada: the Countess of Computing from the season to our collection. Ada Lovelace was Lord Byron’s daughter and her mother ensured Ada learnt about mathematics so as to separate her from her father’s literary legacy. Ada recognised the value of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine and tried to raise funds so it could progress. She published the first computer programme and influenced the work of Alan Turing. If you missed the programme you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

We’ve not recorded all of the programmes for our college but you can find out about other programmes on the BBC Make It Digital page. There you’ll find programmes about women programming, game makers and how algorithms work. Plus there’s a chance to vote on who you think is the biggest digital influencer.

 

DVD stand close upAs the only national residential college for women we keep our eye on television TV programmes focussing on women and women’s issue. Over the past few weeks we’ve been recording two interesting BBC2 programmes. Our ERA licence allows us to record TV that students can borrow and staff can use in the classroom.

Blurred Lines:  the New Battle of the Sexes presented by Kirsty Walk looked at cultural changes which have allowed men to discuss, write and feature women in a sexist and provocative manner. Looks back at Germaine Greer’s 1970s book The Female Eunuch and asks what has made these changes take place. Focuses on the lad culture of the 1990s and the present day and recent cases of Internet trolling. Examines the portrayal of women on the Internet and in gaming.

Pop Go the Women: the Other Story of Pop Art – Culture Show Special discusses women artists involved in the pop art movement from during the 1950s and 1960s. Presented by Alastair Sooke the programme looked at Idelle Weber, Pauline Boty, Jann Hawarth, Marisol, Letty Lou Eisenhauer and Rosalyn Drexler. It investigated how these artists have fallen off the pop art map.

You can catch both progammes on the BBC iPlayer.

British Suffrage coverOur Access to Higher Education students are due to follow the history of the women’s suffrage movement as part of their history course. This week two interesting programmes on the women’s movement and the suffragettes were broadcast back-to-back on BBC 2.

If you missed them you can catch One Hundred Years of the Women’s Movement on BBC iPlayer. It takes you from women fighting for the right to vote right up to the recent Slut marches. Following this programme was Tales from the Old Bailey: the Suffragettes. It brings to life the trial of Emmeline Pankhurst from court papers. Again if you missed it you can catch up on BBC iPlayer.

We’ve just added the ebook edition of Paula Bartley’s  Votes from Women 1860-1928 to our collection through Dawsonera. We’ve got a host of resources on the suffragettes for our students including ebooks, websites and DVDs through our library catalogue.

Dr Who cdOn Sunday 4 August the BBC announced Peter Capaldi will replace Matt Smith as Dr Who.  Peter will be come the twelfth Dr Who.

Here at Hillcroft’s Learning Resources Centre we have not only books on Dr Who but also audio CDs of Dr Who episodes from the past. These include previous Doctors; Jon Pertwee, Christopher Ecclestone, Tom Baker and  David Tennant.

Take a look at what we have through this catalogue search.

Find out more about Peter Capaldi and look at previous episodes on BBC One’s Doctor Who page


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