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Library Lates @ Exeter Library

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Fri 18 Nov
19:30 – 22:30
Exeter Library,Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PQ Map

Library Lates @ Exeter Library

Library Lates returns for its winter instalment. Music, art, performance and games will be weaved throughout the building once again.



Jess McAllister band

The music of Exeter based Jess McAllister spans from free-spirited, nostalgic folk, through to rhythmic, gutsy blues, rock and pop. Switching effortlessly on stage between electric guitar, banjo and piano, she blends her honey dipped vocals and her craft of song writing with live performances filled with spontaneity, passion and pure heart.

Jess has toured all over the UK, Ireland and Germany, and has performed in major festivals such as Glastonbury, Meadows in the Mountains (Bulgaria), Boomtown and Beautiful Days. She has also taken part in sessions such as ‘Under the Apple Tree’, which is filmed in Bob Harris’s back garden. (apparently, he was lovely). This Summer Jess and her band have played some of the biggest stages of Jess’s career, at festivals including Jurassic Fields, Sidmouth Fringe Festival and opening the mainstage at Gone Wild Festival.

Adam Sweet

Independent guitarist and singer-songwriter Adam Sweet has marked his evolution into a fully-fledged blues-rock artist with the release of his latest studio album ‘Sink or Swim’. With brooding ballads and rollicking rootsy rock he delivers honest tales of loss, longing, hope and strength in the face of adversity.

Taking his cue from the British blues boom sounds of Free and early Fleetwood Mac, married to the driving guitar style of Rory Gallagher and the sweet sounds of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers, Adam has spent the last decade carving out his own territory between classic rock, blues and Americana. Working in various guises: solo acoustic, session player and with his own band he has developed the consummate ability to switch from sensitive singer-songwriter to full-on blues rocker with ease, as demonstrated in his countless live performances and his output as a recording artist.

Silent Disco

We are bringing our librarian DJs back to the stage to bring you an eclectic mix of tunes all evening.


DAISI Art Workshop with Cara Roxanne

Drop by and create fantastical creatures which can be projected and animated with Daisi artist Cara Roxanne . Cara Roxanne is an artist whose work ‘[is] a celebration of human nature, reflecting inner and outer landscapes. Opening a door to mysterious figures, creatures and dreamscapes. A voyage across the oceans of image to deepen my understanding of the world, consciousness and what swims below the deep murky depths. Dreams, myth, folklore, animals (of all shapes and sizes), handicrafts & wild flowers are constant sources of inspiration.’

We are looking forward to welcoming her into the children’s library for an engaging workshop.

Zine Workshop

We Are Zine Makers! Join us for fun and friendly zine making activities throughout the evening. A zine (pronounced zeen) is a DIY booklet, often created by cutting out and glueing text and image together before photocopying to share. Using lo-fi cut & paste techniques, we'll make easy fold zines before photocopying to share. All welcome, drop in/drop out throughout the evening. Organised by Exeter College Community Learning.

Fablab Workshops

Do come into the FabLab which is our Digital Makerspace - the first makerspace in any UK Public Library! Our Digital Making Tutor, Marcus Brown, will be demonstrating creating vector designs for our laser-cutter. You'll see the design process, from scratch, and then you'll see our laser-cutter in action.

The FabLab offers: laser cutting, a CNC router, 3D printing, vinyl cutting, dye-sublimation printing onto fabric, an A1 printer and digital embroidery. They offer a membership, adult and/or child workshops plus an outreach programme. They even offer gift vouchers for FabLab Exeter Experiences.

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. There are limited spaces, so please book via the main library desk or call 01392 407027.

The times are as follows:

7:45-8:15 | 8:30-9 | 9:15-9:45 | 10-10:30

Bar Nova

The fabulous Bar Nova will be providing a curated selection of drinks and nibbles throughout the evening.


Get your tickets here through Eventbrite, in person at Exeter Library, or over the phone on 01392 407027.

Over 16s only.

Photo credits: Jim Wileman