In light of the continuing global public health crisis, we are announcing the suspension of Evolve activity at Libraries Unlimited until further notice. This is a very difficult decision, but the circumstances and government advice have led us to take these measures. Our screenings, Lates events and engagement work will be rescheduled into the coming year. During this time we will work with our partners and Arts Council England to ensure that we support artists, producers and makers in the best ways that we can.
If you have purchased a ticket for a forthcoming event, we are inviting you to consider donating the value of the ticket as a charitable donation. If this is not possible, then we can either put this on credit for a future event or issue a refund.
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Live Music @ Library Lates:
See the library space transformed and filled with glorious sounds from:
Hannah Miller (Moulettes) As the lead songwriter, singer, cellist and key creative brain behind Prog folk wunderkids Moulettes, Hannah has defined herself as one of the most original and playful female songwriters in the UK folk scene.
We are overjoyed to open our Library Lates stage up to her virtuosic cello playing, jaw dropping singing and mind melting writing for a very special performance of new songs and compositions for solo cello and voice.
Hyperdawn creates their own brand of pop, recorded and processed live on sprawling reel-to-reel tape loops with modified keyboards, diy instruments and double tracked vocals.
Based in Salford, the duo have performed across the UK, EU and North America, in festivals around the world and extensively on BB radio 6 Music, so we're super privileged to have them come and entertain us.
A great female led duo with a healthy dose of wonk and play. What's not to like!
"Imagine Vanishing Twin forced to play a Bon Iver record on exclusively bit-crushed pocket keyboards and you're halfway to understanding Bleach" - Norman Records
Live Theatre @ Library Lates
Children's library by day, theatre by night.
Grab yourself a seat and make yourself comfy for this incredible spoken word theatre show
Essex Girl - Maria Ferguson
“Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous.” Collins English Dictionary
Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in ’00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie & Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also has a secret to tell you. One she can’t tell anyone else.
Follow Kirsty’s story through the house parties and Irish pubs of Essex. From West Ham matches to choir practice, pre-drinks to registration, she will tell you what it’s really like to be an Essex Girl.
Maria Ferguson is an award-winning writer and performer from Essex. She has been a resident artist for the Roundhouse and Batterea Arts Centre and has been commissioned by the Royal Academy of Art, Stylist and BBC Radio 1. Her debut show, Fat Girls Don't Dance, won the Saboteur Award for Best Spoken Word Show and her follow-up, Essex Girl, was shortlised for Soho Theatre's Tony Craze Award and won Show of the Week at VAULT Festival 2019. Her debut poetry collection, Alright, Girl?, is out now with Burning Eye.
Unlocking the Cage - Augmented Reality and special live performance
In 2018, author Kim Sherwood began to explore our rare books collection. Hidden among the shelves she found works by some of the most important female writers of the eighteenth century and uncovered stories of some of the incredible women that donated them. So began a journey of retelling the tales of these extraordinary lives.
Now, through collaboration with composer John Matthias (ninja tunes); Sound designer Jay Auborn (DBS); Animator Sarita McNeil and technical wizards Zubr, she is presenting a new augmented reality journey into these lives and words.
+ keep an eye on the boards on the night for a very special live performance from Kim and John.
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
We are excited to be joined again 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
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.
The Hidden Spaces Tour can be booked on the evening, there will be limited spaces so remember to book early during the evening.
After hours Intoxicating and clean 'library' living beverages at our Library Bar, run by Barnova Ltd in association with Oddfellows
Delicious food throughout the night from the Owl And The Pussycat
Plus more to come!