The Children’s Book that Shaped the Victorian World

On the 200 th anniversary of the publication of The Fairchild Family by Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851), we take a look at the prolific, didactic, evangelical author, whose writings dominated education for half a century and whose first generation of readers grew up to shape the Victorian world. From humble beginnings... Roehampton University ; Sherwood, Mary Martha.  The Fairchild Family . London, 1818. Source: Wikicommons
13 Apr 2018
Dr Karen Attar

Operation Tiger: Marking 34 years since the raid on Gay's The Word Bookshop

Gay’s the Word , an independent LGBT bookshop at 66 Marchmont Street, is a Bloomsbury institution and features in the film Pride (2014) . On 10 April 1984, the shop was raided by UK Customs and Excise, who seized its imported books. What became known as Operation Tiger saw the eventual confiscation of 144 titles consisting of thousands of pounds worth of stock, with works by Jean Genet, Gore Vidal, Djuna Barnes and Jean-Paul Sartre included amongst those deemed obscene.
10 Apr 2018
Leila Kassir

The Queerness of Salomé - Putting the spotlight on Oscar Wilde's controversial one-act play

In art and literature of the last 130 years, few works have proven as controversial, as enduring, or as intrinsically queer as Oscar Wilde’s one-act play Salomé . Dr Will Visconti examines quite why there are such strong links between the figure of Salom é and queer or camp art, subculture and performance. Dover Publications Inc. edition of Salomé (1967)
27 Mar 2018
Dr Will Visconti

Amy Levy (1861-1889): a ‘Minor Poet’

Amongst the classic works of queer literature displayed in Senate House Library’s Queer Between the Covers exhibition – including texts by Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, Radclyffe Hall - is a small book entitled A Minor Poet and Other Verse (T. Fisher Unwin, 1884). Amy Levy
22 Mar 2018
Leila Kassir

How to become a book collector by Anthony Davis Prize winner Astrid Khoo

I never set out to become a book collector. As a teenager, stories fed my escapist fantasies; back in Melbourne I must have read a good half of the school library. In short I don’t think I ever developed an ‘interest’ for books – as that sounds awfully cold and detached – but rather I fell in love with reading during my formative years, and the natural consequence of that was becoming a book collector. 
20 Mar 2018
Astrid Khoo


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