Leeds University Library

Debating the Book

Published Wednesday 30 September 2015

Melvyn Bragg delivering a lecture on the King James bible

Online video now available of a major debate, chaired by Melvyn Bragg, about the place of the book in the digital age

In our increasingly digital age, what will become of books?

The debate on "The Future of the Book" was held in the Great Hall on Thursday 8 October (6-7.30pm).  If you didn't manage to get there, you can watch an online video of the debate

Speakers included renowned writer, broadcaster and University of Leeds Chancellor Melvyn Bragg; James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones; Linda Grant, the Orange Prize-winning author who wrote about getting rid of her books in I Murdered My Library; Dr James Mussell, School of English, University of Leeds and Dr Stella Butler, Leeds University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection.

The White Rose University Consortium has organised a programme of events around "Debating the Book" throughout October, including talks, exhibitions, demonstrations, guided reading groups and other activities.

As part of this programme, the Library is hosting a symposium on Friday 9 October on Small Press Printing/Printing at Leeds. Focusing on poetry, it explores the legacy of small press production and printing technology. The event takes place in the Brotherton Room, Special Collections, Brotherton Library, from 1-5pm (lunch is provided from 12pm).  Registration is free and open to all.  Please email Jim Mussell (j.e.p.mussell@leeds.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.