Event 32

John Simpson, Bettany Hughes, Paul Boateng, Edmund de Waal

More than books: what it means when libraries are lost to conflict

Virtual venue: Baillie Gifford Digital Stage

As places where human knowledge, thought and experience are held, libraries are often vulnerable during times of conflict. Like places of education, they are frequently targeted in an attack on collective knowledge and freedom of thought, as was the case when IS destroyed the Iraqi University of Mosul’s library in 2015.

Renowned BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson leads historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes (whose latest book is Venus and Aphrodite), Book Aid International Chair Lord Paul Boateng and the award-winning sculptor and author of The Hare With Amber Eyes and The White Road. in a discussion on what it means when libraries become targets during conflict and how individuals and communities are affected.

Buy Strange Places Questionable People at Waterstones

Buy Venus and Aphrodite at Waterstones

Buy The Hare With Amber Eyes at Waterstones

Buy The White Road at Waterstones

This event is live and there will be a Q&A afterwards.
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