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Black and British Season BBC WebsiteOver the past month the BBC has been running a series of programmes on black history as part of its Black and British season looking at the lives of black women and men in the United Kingdom in the past and present.

We’ve used our ERA licence to record a number of programmes from the season for our learners. To match in with our Access to Humanities and Social Sciences students who are studying the slave trade we’ve recorded David Olosuga’s series Black and British – a Forgotten History which comes in four parts; First Encounters, Freedom, Moral mission and Homecoming. The series goes back to Roman times and takes you up to the present day.

Black is the New Black is also a four-part piece looking at the lives and family history of famous black Britons from the arts, sport, comedy, politics, business, design, fashion, science and architecture.

We’ve also recorded Black Nurses: the Women Who Saved the NHS and Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?

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Vote for books new booksReading for study and development is probably taking over most of our time in and outside of college. Yet we wanted to let you know about the new books available that might not directly go into essays, lessons or CVs but help in other ways by taking our mind of things and being inspiring.

At the beginning of the year we had a vote on the VLE about which of the best books of 2014 to order in for our library. So your voices have been heard and here is a selection of the new offerings in biography/fiction:

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald.

Penelope Fitzgerald: a life by Hermione Lee.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.

Next we are looking at mind-boosting books. Which you would like to see in the LRC?

This year the books on the list were chosen by people who are affected by cancer who found them good reads in difficult times.

I have picked up The Humans, which I find is a humorous addition to my train journeys. You can suggest your own mind-boosting books on social media by adding the #moodboosting to the public status update or tweet. For example, I found the memoir Love with a Chance of Drowning when it was first published after reading Torre de Roche’s blog. She really is an inspiring and down-to-earth woman whose adventures at sea took me out of everyday life and gave me back my propensity to dream.

There is also other books shortlisted for awards that would be great for the LRC. There’s the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction for instance. Let us know what you think of any of these possible books to buy by commenting, email, on Twitter or Facebook or in person.

Have a good bank holiday weekend!

Political women biographiesYou may have caught BBC2’s Hillary Clinton: the Power of Women which was broadcast on 25 March 2015. The programme looked at whether women’s situation in society has changed since Clinton made a speech expressing womens rights are a human right. Their rights are seen through the eyes of three other powerful women; former United States Secretary of States Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and Condolezza Rice as well as women in Afghanistan, Egypt, India and Liberia who have tried to make the changes.

If you’d like to find out more about Hillary Clinton we have these biographies in our Learning Resources Centre:

A Woman in Charge: the Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Carl Bernstein

Hillary Clinton by Michael Burgan (easy read)

If you’re interested in more on women politicians take a look at :

Momentum: the Struggle for Peace, Politics and the People by Mo Mowlam

Everybody Matters: a Memoir by Mary Robinson

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler (easy read)

Dilma Rousseff by Catherine Chambers (easy read)

The Lady and the Peacock: the Life of Aung San Suu Kyi by Peter Popham

Angela Merkel by Claire Throp (easy read)

 

BiographiesHappy new year! We have received our first box of new books. Inside are two biographies on two remarkable fashion designers’ lives.

Firstly, ‘Elsa Schiaparelli: a biography’ by Meryle Secrest looks fascinating as it is not someone I have ever heard of. She was from Rome but then moved to London, New York and Paris during the first half of the 20th Century. Having inspiration and collaboration with artists as famous as Dali made her a star of her time.

Secondly, ‘Vivienne Westwood’ by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly, is an instantly recognisable name to me. Having a quick delve into this hardback book uncovers a chapter which highlights her popularity in Asia. In Mandarin her name translates to ‘Dowager Empress West’. It also looks at her honoured place in American fashion resulting from her designer wedding dress being chosen in the hugely-successful ‘Sex and the City’ movie in 2008. She is also an activist and her voice and actions have a wide resonance.

Having a look at the blurbs and on wikipedia, it is clear that both women had lots of fashion moments of surprise and ingenuity and they often went against convention (as many artists do!). Reading about their lives gives us an insight into their cultural influences over the decades. We have lots more biographies on famous and influential women on our shelves. Come have a browse next time you are in the LRC.

Revolutionary Lives book coversThis autumn we’ve added two new autobiographies of famous female suffragettes to our collection which are part of Pluto Press’s series on Revolutionary Lives. They focus on Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Ellen Wilkinson Both of these are relevant to our Access to Higher Education (HE) Humanities and Social Science students who study female emancipation as part of their history course. We’ve also bought a copy of Molly Housego’s book:

The Women’s Suffrage Movement

which is a colourful easy read to the fight for women’s voting rights.

We’ve also been adding a range of books on sporting women to our biographies collection. These include:

My Life: Queen of the Court by Daniel Paisner and Serena Williams

Serena and Venus Williams: Tennis Stars by Gregory N. Peters

Maria Sharapova by Jeff Savage

Game, Set and Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women’s Sports by Susan Ware

Sporting women book covers

 

Book shelvesThis Sunday is the Virgin Money London Marathon. Whilst Mo Farah is aiming to win his first marathon having just gained second place in the New York  Half Marathon in March . Paralympic medallist David Weir is set to race too. Whilst  Tirunesh Dibaba is also set to run her marathon first.  Our Learning Resources boasts a number of biographies by famous Olympic British runners and athletes:

Paula. My Story so Far by Paula Radcliffe and David Walsh

Unbelievable: from My Childhood Dreams to Winning Olympic Gold by Jessica Ennis

Kelly Holmes: Black, White and Gold – My Autobiography by Kelly Holmes and Fanny Blake

Why not celebrate the marathon by choosing to read one of these inspiring autobiographies.

Book shelves with biographiesThis week we’ve been adding to our biographies and graphic novels. We’ve had a number of student requests to increase the choice of biographies and reflect the lives of women in other countries and cultures. As a result we ordered in a number of biographies of Chinese and black women:

Falling Leaves Return to their Roots:  the True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Samantha Tross: a Profile by Verna Wilkins

Baroness Scotland of Asthal by Sue Adler

and other biographies of musicians and singers as well as a former Member of Parliament:

Amy Winehouse – the Biography, 1983-2011 by Chas Newkey-Burden

Nancy The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

The Shaking Woman, or, a History of My Nerves by Siri Hustvedt

Under the Ivy: the Life and Music of Kate Bush by Graeme Thomson

plus two graphic novels:

Blue is the Warmest Colour by Julie Maroh

Palestine by Joe Sacco