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Anne Frank books14 April is the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank. Many of you will already know Anne and her family hid from Nazi occupiers in Amsterdam during World War II until they were found and sent to concentration camps. During her period in hiding Anne kept a diary which was published after her death.

Each year the date is usually marked by a minute’s silence but this year is different. The Anne Frank Trust and her publisher’s Penguin Random House are inviting people to mark the date by reading an extract from her diary for one minute while recording it and then uploading it to YouTube or Tumblr. Once it’s uploaded you then need to promote it on social media by posting the link to the Anne Frank Trust Facebook or Twitter sites. Afterwards promote your video to everyone in your social network. If you don’t have access to social media you can send your video to the Anne Frank Trust siama@annefrank.org.uk instead.

If you’re not sure which piece of the diary to read there are some suggestions to pick from on the Trust’s #notsilent page which you can download. You might want to do your reading on your own, in a classroom or as a group.

We’ve got a copy of the The Diary of a Young Girl in our Learning Resources Centre and we’ve got a graded reader version Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank. There’s also a film version Anne Frank directed by Richard Dornhelm starring Hannah Taylor Gordon and Ben Kingsley.

If you’re close to London why not sign up to attend the #notsilent event at the British Library from 930-1030? There’ll been 10 readings from Anne’s diary with refreshments. Contact Siama Khan on +44 (0)20 7284 5858 to book a place.


Gothic literature and Angela Carter coversOur Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Science students are studying Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and other novels on a Gothic theme. We’ve already supplied them with the Company of Wolves film on DVD and copies of Gothic Literature and  The Fiction of Angela Carter: a Reader’s Essential Criticism by Sarah Gamble and Gothic Literature by Sue Chaplin. Both the BBC and the British Library are launching a focus of programmes and exhibition around the gothic.

Terror and Wonder: the Gothic Imagination from 3 October 2014 to 30 January 2015 at the British Library looks at Gothic literature, film and design influences from early literature by Walpole and Shelley to the films of Stanley Kubrick and the designs of Alexander McQueen. The British Library also has a page dedicated to Gothic Literature.

The BBC is starting a season called When Gothic Was Born. BBC4 begins next week with Andrew Graham-Dixon’s programme The Art of Gothic: Britain’s Midnight Hour on Monday 20 October @ 2100 followed by Dan Cruickshank on the architecture of Sir George Gilbert Scott and Giles Gilbert Scott  in Dan Cruickshank and the Family That Built Gothic Britain on Tuesday 21 October @ 2100. The season also covers film too.



Book shelves and journalsOver the next two weeks we have students in for our Start Your Own Enterprise course. As part of the induction the LRC team gave a session on using the new Dawsonera ebook platform. We demonstrated how you can download a PDF of an ebook then use Read Write Gold to have the text of the ebook read back to you. Great for dyslexics and  for reinforcing what you’ve learnt as well as bed time reading. Our students and staff can access our ebooks through OpenAthens. Here’s a selection of the business ebooks we have.

On Thursday we did a session on business websites. We’ve put  these so students can get to them easily on the Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The list includes gateway sites for setting up a business from scratch, sites to help with funding your business, online business magazines and libraries like the City Business Library and British Library Intellectual Property (IP) Centre which provide free seminars and access to market research and databases. Today we’ve added a number of women’s business networks to the list too.

Feminist writers French and EnglishAs the national residential college for women we collect material on women’s history, women’s rights and feminism. So as you can imagine we were delighted to get a postcard from the British Library alerting us to a new oral history resource called Sisterhood and after: an oral history of the Women’s Liberation Movement.

Sisterhood charts the history of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the United Kingdom from the 1960s to 1980s through oral testimonies. It’s broken down into themes; family and children, mind, body and spirit, sex, love and friendship, race, place and nation, education,equality and work, activism, politics and legislation, change, culture and art and who we were, how we are.  It also includes biographies of the participants and a timeline.

With British Library permission granted you’ll find it through our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).

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