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From Bristol Libraries, Shelf Life is a podcast about libraries, books and people. Join us as we talk with people who are making things happen in and around Bristol’s 27 libraries, and share book recommendations #shelflifebristol

From Bristol Libraries, Shelf Life is a podcast about libraries, books and people. Join us as we talk with people who are making things happen in and around Bristol’s 27 libraries, and share book recommendations #shelflifebristol

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From Bristol Libraries, Shelf Life is a podcast about libraries, books and people. Join us as we talk with people who are making things happen in and around Bristol’s 27 libraries, and share book recommendations #shelflifebristol

Language:

English


Episodes

#20 ”Bibliotherapy” - How can books and poetry help our well-being?

12/16/2021
Mobeena and Paul discuss all things Bibliotherapy. How can books and poetry help our well-being? And our first listener request for Dear Shelf Life, about books for introverts. Episode contents & timings: Intro 00:00 - 01:55 What have we been reading? 01:55 - 07:05 Dear Shelf Life: Books for introverts 07:05 - 13:10 "Book Doctor" project 13:10 - 19:05 Poetry 19:05 - 26:15 Library well-being collections 26:15 - 28:45 Further discussion on bibliotherapy 28:45 - 35:45 Outro 35:45 - End Book...

Duration:00:38:08

#19 An evening with Elly Griffiths

10/29/2021
A recording of an online talk and Q&A with Sunday Times bestselling crime author Elly Griffiths (ellygriffiths.co.uk/) who discussed her recent novel The Night Hawks, and the craft of writing, in conversation with bestselling Bristol novelist Jane Shemilt (janeshemilt.com/) The Night Hawks Dr Ruth Galloway returns to the moody and beautiful landscape of North Norfolk to confront another killer. A devastating new case for our favourite forensic archaeologist in the thirteenth novel in this...

Duration:00:54:30

#18 Sea Mills 100 with Mary Milton

9/28/2021
We talk with Mary Milton, an active member of the Sea Mills community, about Sea Mills 100: the centenary project that explores and celebrates this garden suburb’s social history. The project has culminated in a micro museum, a number of outdoor events, a podcast, and most recently, a book, entitled “How Lucky I Was: A book of Sea Mills memories.” It’s a fascinating journey into a place with a remarkable history. Built originally as a pragmatic but idealist council housing estate, for...

Duration:00:29:13

#17 ‘Power, Protest & Poetry: The Bristol Edition‘, with Words Of Colour, Muneera Pilgrim & guests

9/15/2021
Words of Colour & Bristol Libraries present a panel discussion on the theme Politics, Power & Protest, with Muneera Pilgrim & special guests (Please scroll down for links, including reading recommendations) Based on the theme of Power, Protest and Politics in the BBC 100 Novels That Shaped Our World longlist, 'Power, Protest & Poetry' was a series of online literary events with international poet Muneera Pilgrim, encouraging participants to create works in response to the books and our...

Duration:00:42:55

#16 Dyslexia and Libraries, with Andy

8/11/2021
We chat with Andy, a library assistant at Bishopsworth Library, about living with dyslexia and working in libraries, and what we can offer to support dyslexic readers. Shownotes and transcript for this episode coming soon On a separate note, we've launched a listener survey to help inform future episodes - please help us out by filling it in, if you can spare a moment - bit.ly/ShelfLifeListenerSurvey - thanks!

Duration:00:27:44

#15 "Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday" with Frank Wynne & Cheryl Morgan

6/29/2021
*Please note: this episode contains mild sexual references , so may not be suitable for all audiences.* We're excited to share with you our recording of an author event Bristol Libraries hosted during LGBT+ History Month this year. In this recording, Frank Wynne, a literary translator, writer, and editor, discusses his latest book ‘Queer: LGBTQ Writing from Ancient Times to Yesterday’ with writer, publisher, and co-chair of Out Stories Bristol, Cheryl Morgan. A little about Wynne’s book -...

Duration:00:24:13

#14 “Mum’s Jumper” with Jayde Perkin and Greet Pauwelijn

6/2/2021
Mum's Jumper is "a simple, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting book for anyone coping with loss" (https://www.bookisland.co.uk/products/mums-jumper) We talk with the book's author & illustrator, Jayde Perkin, and publisher, Greet Pauwelijn. We talked about how they created the book, the public’s response to it, and the power of books to process grief and start difficult conversations. They also discussed personal experiences of dealing with grief, sharing some useful tips & reflections, as...

Duration:00:22:24

#13: Natalie Haynes on Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths

5/11/2021
An evening with bestselling author, broadcaster, classicist & comedian Natalie Haynes, discussing her latest book, Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths. This episode was created from the recording of an event with Libraries Connected and Bristol Libraries on 20th November 2020. Transcript coming soon. More background : Pandora's Jar: Women in the Greek Myths The Greek myths are among the world's most important cultural building blocks and they have been retold many times, but...

Duration:00:44:44

#12: Book Jam with Jill from Imayla

4/9/2021
We chat with Jill Parsons from Imayla CIC about building creative connections with children in St Paul's Library last summer. She discusses the challenges and rewards of letting children lead on creative projects, how to enthuse them about literature, and working with to process difficult emotions using art and books. We also talk about what we've been reading, and introduce a new feature, Dear Shelf Life, in which Jill asks us about book recommendations for young people's mental...

Duration:00:24:44

#11: "Burning the Books" with Richard Ovenden

3/12/2021
Richard Ovenden OBE discusses his latest book, 'Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack', a Radio 4 Book of the Week. "Libraries and archives have been attacked since ancient times but have been especially threatened in the modern era. Today the knowledge they safeguard faces purposeful destruction and willful neglect; deprived of funding, libraries are fighting for their very existence. Burning the Books recounts the history that brought us to this point." - Harvard...

Duration:00:41:26

#10: Books That Got Us Through 2020

2/13/2021
The first episode of Season 2 of Shelf Life, the Bristol Libraries podcast. In this episode, we look back on the books we read in 2020 - those we loved, those we hated, comfort reads, challenging reads, and the books that helped us get through a difficult year. We talk about setting ourselves a new reading challenge and which books we’re most excited to read in 2021. Subscribe now wherever you find your podcasts: bit.ly/ShelfLife_Podbean Full Transcript and Book List here:...

Duration:00:23:41

Shelf Life Trailer: Season Two

2/13/2021
Shelf Life is the podcast from Bristol Libraries, where we talk about Libraries, Bristol and Books. In Season Two, we also share highlights from our online events, including talks and interviews with guests and authors. Subscribe here: bit.ly/ShelfLife_Podbean or wherever you listen to podcasts Every episode has a transcript. Here's the transcript for this trailer: Presenter: Shelf Life is the podcast from Bristol Libraries, where we talk about Libraries, Bristol and Books Clip: “I found...

Duration:00:00:36

Shelf Life Trailer: Season One

2/13/2021
Did you know that Bristol Libraries have a podcast? 🎧 Shelf Life is all about our libraries, books and Bristol. Subscribe here: bit.ly/ShelfLife_Podbean or wherever you listen to podcasts Every episode has a transcript. Here's the transcript for this trailer: Presenter: Shelf Life is a new podcast from Bristol Libraries. And this is a podcast about libraries, books, and people. We talk about the books we’ve been reading… Clip: “Bernadine Evaristo’s Man Booker winner, yeah just a really...

Duration:00:01:42

#9: "It reads like a banana milkshake" Behind the scenes of the Bristol Short Story Prize

10/9/2020
We talk with Joe, from the Bristol Short Story Prize, about how the prize was set up, how it's been working under a pandemic, and what makes a good story. Joe also tells us about his experience working in a bookshop, and with BRISTOL 24/7, and we all share book recommendations. Shownotes & transcript: http://bit.ly/ShelfLife9TranscriptandShownotes

Duration:00:26:37

#4: "Meaders Wouldn't Say it Like That": Local Learning in Southmead

8/12/2020
In this episode, we speak to Ruth Myers from Local Learning and the cast of Meadows to Meaders, a Southmead based community soap opera. As May has been is Local and Community History Month, Paul, Sian, Katharine and Ruth discuss the importance of oral history, reveal this episode's 'Library Treasure' and share what they've been reading. Shownotes and transcript: bit.ly/shelflifeepisode4shownotesandtranscript

Duration:00:26:35

#8: "Why you should read children's books" & the Summer Reading Challenge

8/11/2020
We discuss this year's Summer Reading Challenge, recommend children's books, and share the books we enjoyed as children, as well as those we've enjoyed recently Shownotes & transcript: http://bit.ly/ShelfLife8TranscriptandShownotes

Duration:00:29:59

#7: "It's Not a War": NHS Nurses and a Domestic Abuse Support Worker on Books, Mental Health & Covid-19

7/23/2020
In this episode we talk with two NHS nurses and a domestic abuse support worker about books, mental health, and their thoughts on COVID-19. Transcript and shownotes here: https://bit.ly/ShelfLife7TranscriptandShownotes

Duration:00:24:05

#6: Books, Bristol & Black Lives Matter: Our Interview with Dr Edson Burton

7/23/2020
In this episode, we talk to writer, historian and performer Dr Edson Burton about Bristol, Books & Black Lives Matter. Shownotes & transcript here: bit.ly/ShelfLife6TranscriptandShownotes

Duration:00:19:52

#5: "We Need To Revolutionise Libraries": Our Interview With Babbasa

7/23/2020
We talk with Babbasa about their projects empowering young people in Bristol, their creative responses to the pandemic, plus their thoughts on libraries, and their favourite books Also, our regular features: What are we reading? Library Update Library Treasure Shownotes & Transcript here: bit.ly/ShelfLife5shownotesandtranscript

Duration:00:21:01

#3: Bristol Libraries Poetry Group: "We Will Paint the Front Door Pink and Gold"

7/23/2020
In this episode, we speak to Aiysha of @Aiysha_poetry (on Instagram), who works at Bristol Libraries and is a freelance poet. Aiysha shares with us their poetry and novel recommendations, talks about the Bristol poetry scene, and reads 2 original poems. Listen as Paul, Sian, and Katharine reflect on mental health and poetry, reveal their 'Library Treasure' of the episode, and share what they've been reading. Shownotes & transcript: bit.ly/shelflife3shownotesandtranscript

Duration:00:13:39