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Reader Bulletin: November 2012

 News

Mughal India: Art Culture and Empire
On the Road: Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll
Writers in Residence

 Mughal India: Art Culture and Empire

New exhibition: 9 November 2012 - 2 April 2013

Enter the world of Mughals, one of the world's great dynasties, brought to life through over 200 stunning manuscripts and paintings from the British Library's collections.

This exhibition will be the first to document the entire historical period, from the 16th to the 19th centuries, exploring life at court, the Mughal emperors' patronage of the arts and sciences, and monuments such as the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

Find out more and book now at www.bl.uk/mughalindia.

 On the Road: Jack Kerouac's manuscript scroll

Until 27 December 2012

On the Road: Jack Kerouac’s Manuscript Scroll is the newest exhibition to open in the British Library’s Folio Society Gallery. The star exhibit, Jack Kerouac’s 120-foot manuscript scroll of On the Road, is on view in London for the first time. Written over a period of three weeks in April 1951, the manuscript will be on display alongside sound and printed materials from the Library’s collection.

A special edition of On the Road, illustrated with evocative photographs of Kerouac and the landscapes of 1950s America, accompanies the exhibition. Visit http://www.foliosociety.com/bl2 for details of the new publication.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/whatson.

 Writers in Residence

The Eccles Centre for American Studies is delighted to announce that the 2013 Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award has been given to the critically acclaimed historian Andrea Wulf and the talented poet and novelist John Burnside.

Now in its second year, the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence Award was set up as part of the Centre’s charge to promote awareness of the British Library collections relating to the USA and Canada and to help facilitate the use of these collections. Each of the winners will use the collections to research their upcoming publications.

Find out more at www.bl.uk/eccles.

 Exploring the collections

Life sciences research: free to access
From the blogs: Untold Lives
Adopt a Book for Christmas
Inspired by the Library – the tetra shed®
New acquisition: James Berry archive

 Life sciences research: free to access

On 1 November UK PubMed Central, the online information resource for life sciences that provides free access to millions of research articles including PubMed abstracts, full text articles and patents, will become Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC). The British Library’s Science, Technology and Medicine team is one of three partners involved in delivering Europe PMC on behalf of the 19 Europe PMC funders. The funders all support internationally relevant life sciences research and expect that this research be made publicly available through Europe PMC, free for all to access, bringing new potential for innovation and collaboration to the global research community.

Find out more at europepmc.org.

 From the blogs: Untold Lives

Untold Lives has just celebrated its first anniversary.  Every week this varied and entertaining blog shares stories from the past. It aims to throw light on lives which have hitherto been obscure and to tell little-known tales about famous people. Charles Dickens, Lawrence of Arabia, and Engelbert Humperdinck have appeared alongside labourers, bookbinders, murderers, pilots, athletes, and botanists. We have moved between medieval times and World War II, and journeyed to India, Australia, Africa, Turkey, Shanghai and Russia.

Forthcoming treats include death by chicken fricassee and by snake bite. Follow the Untold Lives team on Twitter @untoldlives

Visit the blog at britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/untoldlives/.

 Adopt a Book for Christmas

My teenagers aren't really in need of much more in the way of "stuff" this Christmas. They already own many books. I thought it was time to help them reach out and support the global community's treasures instead. Your "Adopt a Book" is a lovely way to achieve that aim. - Kelly Lott

Help the British Library’s vital conservation programme and Adopt a Book for your loved ones this Christmas. We have a number of books available online – from 18th century cookbooks to children’s fairy tales, foreign language books to classic English novels.

Visit adoptabook.bl.uk.

 Inspired by the Library – the tetra shed®.

David Ajasa-Adekunle is an up-and-coming architect and designer, who has created products from designer yachts to modular working spaces.

He used the Library’s Business & IP Centre to help develop his ideas and protect his intellectual property for his new tetra shed®. Due to launch this year, it provides a fresh approach to modern garden office space, with potential to be expanded for other purposes including schools, retail and festivals. Tetra shed® was born out of desire to create a new modern, flexible, efficient and affordable building system which is also architecturally exciting in both singular and multiple use applications.

He’s shown his work at 100% Design, Stockholm Design Week and Grand Designs London Live.

Read about his story at the ‘Inspired by…’ blog at www.bl.uk/blogs.

 New acquisition: James Berry archive

The British Library has acquired the archive of the Caribbean British poet and writer, James Berry OBE. Berry, one of the first black writers in Britain to be widely recognised for his work, came to Britain as part of the first major wave of immigrants from the Caribbean in 1948. He is now celebrated not only in the literary field, but also within communities encouraging and championing the work of new black writers in Britain.

The archive includes poetry notebooks spanning the length of his career, along with manuscript and typescript drafts of his poetry and prose (including notes for an unpublished novel), diaries, photographs and audio visual material. As well as revealing the complex processes behind the creative development of Berry’s poetry and prose, this unique material provides an illuminating first hand insight into the challenging circumstances that many immigrants to Britain faced in the 1940s and ‘50s.

 Event highlights

We run a wide range of fascinating events for the general public as well as researchers and businesses. Explore our full events programme online at What's On.

Late at the Library: Mughal Nites
Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein's Legacy and New Explorations
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012
Myths and Realities
The Directors Guild Peter Brook Lecture: Nicholas Hytner

 Late at the Library: Mughal Nites

9 November, 19.30 - 22.00 
£7.50/£5

Enjoy an extraordinary night of music, performance and spectacle inspired by a party at a Mughal palace. Join DJ Ritu and guests who will be hosting a Kuch Kuch party. A bar and Indian street food will also be available. Presented in association with the South Asian Literature Festival.

 Archaeology of the Southern Taklamakan: Hedin and Stein's Legacy and New Explorations

9 - 10 November, 10.00 - 17.00 
£40/£20

A conference bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars, to look at the history and context of the Hedin and Stein discoveries in the Southern Taklamakan, and current work in this area. Taking place as part of Asian Art in London 2012.

 Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

12 – 16 November 
Dates and prices vary

Get all the advice you need to successfully sustain and grow your business, at Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Business & IP Centre. Highlights include a pop-up London Business Village full of experts and the chance to quiz the UK’s top business brains. Booking at www.bl.uk/bipc/global.

 Myths and Realities

Tuesday 13 November, 18.30 - 20.00 
£7.50/£5

Myths and Realities 15 will look at whether the public’s obvious delight and celebration of all the diverse members of Team GB, irrespective of individual ethnicities and identities, marks a significant shift in public perceptions towards ethnic identities. The event will be followed by a pay bar.

 The Directors Guild Peter Brook Lecture: Nicholas Hytner

25 November, 14.00 - 15.15 
£7.50/£5

The annual Directors Guild Peter Brook Lecture is a platform for leading theatre directors to give a personal view of their craft, culture and industry. The Guild and the British Library are delighted to welcome Sir Nicholas Hytner, Director of the National Theatre, to deliver this year's Lecture.

 Free Reader Training Sessions

To find out more about all our workshops and book your place, visit the workshops page. There is a heavy demand for these courses so if you are booked on one and later find that you are unable to come, please let us know so that we can offer the place to someone else. your needs.

 Service updates

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