Save Bungay Library: Telling Tales | 26th March

Telling Tales: 26th March, 11am – 2.30pm

We’ve invited two storytellers and two poets to Bungay library. They will perform their work and create stories in the gallery (and perhaps the garden if the sun is out).

The stories will catch the imagination of adults and children alike and we hope they will inspire us to imagine a positive future for the library – perhaps a time when the current threat to the library is woven into Bungay’s own oral tradition!

John Row| Storyteller |

David Shaw | Storyteller|

Our two poets will perform work that should fire us up and get us thinking about what’s happening to public services in Suffolk – and why. I have a feeling they’ll make us laugh too…

Paul Birtill | Poet and Playwright |

Luke Wright | Poet |

Luke Wright has written a poem about the library closures and posted it on his website, he’ll read it on the 26th.

At the same time we want to collect some oral histories of Bungay library and books in Bungay. We’ll have some recording equipment and would love to hear from anyone who has memories of people like Kathleen Bowerbank, or of the old library in Bungay, the print works, bookshops in the town or anything similar. We’d also like some personal reflections; books and poems that changed your life, libraries you’ve visited in other parts of the world and, in keeping with the theme of our scrap book, thoughts about what Bungay library means to you.

As with the scrapbook (below) these recordings will form part of an ongoing archive documenting the importance of the library to people in Bungay.

You can download a poster for the event here