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Library Lates

Billing: Library Lates @ Exeter Library

Fri 07 Feb
10:30 – 14:00
Exeter Library,Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ Map

Library Lates

Library Lates is a season of specially curated, one-off late night events, live and from the library. This Library Lates event in February 2020 drew on the theme 'Retelling Old Tales'.

Artaura Films covered the event, producing the video below to showcase the performances and experiences that took place during the evening.

Live Music @ Library Lates:

See the library space transformed and filled with glorious sounds from:


Diamond Family Archive (UK)

The Diamond Family Archive are a unique English lo-fi, psych-rock, multi-instrumentalist roving ensemble from The South Hams in Devon, based around the guitar playing and song writing of Laurence Collyer.

Live, The Diamond Family Archive craft a mesmeric live-show from drums, acoustic guitars, lots of FX pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of post-rock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi.


Sadie Horler (UK)

With her intricate guitar picking and effortless and emotive vocals, Sadie Horler performs with warmth and authenticity, captivating her audience with her engaging but unaffected stage presence.

Her heartfelt lyrics are inspired by events and people around her with every song telling a compelling story you do not want to miss.


The Lost Librarian:

Join an exciting journey through Exeter Libraries shelves using some of the smartest and most exciting new tech, storytelling and mind-scratching puzzles

The Lost Librarian is a brand new experiential mechanical story adventure that takes place via our library bookshelves. Using a combination of hands on technology and clues hidden in books, you are invited to uncover the story of the UK’s last witches and help find one of the country’s most important lost books.

Created by artist team Lizzie Johnson and Kyle Hirani (Rusty Squid), in collaboration with TaleSpinners, The Lost Librarian first appeared in Spring 2019 across our Exeter, St Thomas and Topsham libraries and will now refill the shelves for this special one-off evening event.


Artemis storytelling presents:

Come and settle into the warm comfort of Exeter Children’s library for a decidedly adult storytelling session.

Three storytellers, three Arthurian tales. The stories connect, but also stand alone, so drop in or stay for the whole thing.

Artemis Storytelling presents storytellers Katy Cawkwell, Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy as they reimagine three ancient Arthurian tales through three very unique viewpoints

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Lisa Schneidau tells Healing the Wasteland

Imagine you are fated to discover a great truth, without any experience to help achieve the quest ahead. You’ll know you are on the right track when the trees around you are dying….. One of the great Arthurian stories reimagined for our troubled times

Katy Cawkwell tells Arthur and Mordred

He's slept with his sister.
He can't trust his son.
His wife's in love with another man.
The cracks in the kingdom are widening and things are falling apart...

Ronnie Conboy tells The King Under the Hill

Somewhere underfoot, in the quiet dark, sleeps the hope of a nation.
A young man walks a lonely road with an unexpected friend.
Maybe there’s no such thing as magic: it’s just knowing where to look.


Join us in the lobby to sample some of Exeter Libraries extensive games collection. Our in-house library games maestro will be on hand to help you navigate the collection. Grab a drink and play away!


Featured game: Circletales:

In honour of the theme ‘retelling old tales’ we are excited to be joined by the CircleTales team for guided game play sessions
CircleTales is an exciting new tabletop storytelling game, designed here in Exeter, that merges social interaction, collaborative storytelling, and ecological design–played on a bamboo board! Insightful questions and word prompts pulled by the roll of a dice guide players on a wild and entertaining storytelling adventure. Playing time 35+ minutes, 2-5 players.

The 'Quiet Room' Silent Disco

Welcome to a new library experience. Adorn your headphones and dance to songs inspired by our theme from our in-house library DJ’s. Expect an eclectic mix of old, new and downright unusual tunes


DJ Norman Fonts (rev.), aka Jez Winship has been broadcasting on Phonic FM for a good few years now. He currently puts together (with his trusty co-host) a library-based show called Up From the Stacks, playing nuggets mined from the shelves, above and below ground. He takes delight in colliding wildly divergent styles in ways which somehow, to his surprise as much as yours, fit together.

Made from spare parts in the laboratory of 80s hardcore punk, Colin The Librarian is ready to share some of his favourite beat music made for and by the kids. In the library. Especially the library.

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Discovery Screens cinema – Rougemont

Grab a drink from the bar and enjoy some of the best new short film-making throughout the night from Oska Bright Film Festival, Peccadillo shorts and Ars Electronica animations.


Have you visited our FabLab which is part of a global network? Do you know what our FabLab is and what it offers? Come through the door and see demonstrations of our kit in action. See our laser-cutter in action and see how to design a keyring using software that will both cut and engrave by laser! Our FabLab is the only digital makerspace of its kind in Exeter – come in and see what we get up to!

Hidden spaces tour:

During the evening, we are pleased to be able to offer an exclusive tour of areas of the library, that the public do not usually have access to including the Exeter Stack and the Cage, where we keep the special collections. You will be given time to browse the stack, plus we will also have a selection of old and interesting books from our special collections, available for you to view.

We only have limited spaces for these sessions, and unfortunately these are all now booked out. We will however, be offering at our next event in April, so keep an eye on the website.


After hours Intoxicating and clean 'library' living beverages at Oddfellows Library Bar

Delicious food throughout the night from the Owl And The Pussycat

Design your own Dragon colouring booth