Author Archives: Christina Egan

Superheroes and real-life heroes haunt the library

Over the summer, many bright and shiny books will be smuggled onto the shelves by busy librarians and also flash the message from the catalogue: ‘Graphic novel’.  There will be far more than the Newsam Library ever held in its … Continue reading

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Books that run away with you

The book is so small that you can cover it with your two hands, and it is so old that most of us were not born when it was first published, but it is still startling: the figures and buildings … Continue reading

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Social networks — in papercraft and calligraphy

Social networks — in papercraft and calligraphy Did you have a friendship album when you were little? My teachers in primary school were mobbed for entries into our ‘poetry albums’, as they were known in German; my father wrote a … Continue reading

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Bears and bees in the library

You may have been intrigued by the seven book covers posted on our Twitter account without any explanation or link. I hope that the #BookCoverChallenge @IOELibrary and elsewhere has reminded you what a beautiful creation of the human spirit a … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon art and life – for children and teachers

Golden knots hammered out on jewellery, golden knots painted around pages… a golden knot of letters forming the word ‘Book’, a golden grid of letters with an inbuilt riddle… This exhibition at the British Library held me spellbound, almost as … Continue reading

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“Liberty, Fraternity, Labour” : histories of adult education in Germany

What we take for granted today had to be gained in tiny steps, had to be fought for in endless campaigns: learning to read; having something to read; learning to write; being free to write what you think; learning to … Continue reading

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Knowledge manufacture at the IOE

Intellectuals like to see themselves as constructors or producers of knowledge – artists and academics, too, make things! Indeed, the Institute of Education, and all of UCL, are huge construction, manufacturing, and storage sites, by which I do not mean … Continue reading

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