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Spaces for Literacy

Three panel discussions about the future of libraries hosted by Edinburgh International Book Festival 2015 and Theatrum Mundi

Spaces for Literacy debates the future of the library. With rapid global urbanisation, digital technology revolutionising access to information and demands on public funding, what spaces will literacy occupy in the 21st century city? We look at the role libraries play, not only in raising literacy but also in providing invaluable public spaces in cities. Presented in partnership with the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Spaces for Literacy draws on major strategy reviews both in Scotland and England; brings together architects, librarians, thinkers and advocates; and offers perspectives from here and abroad. Join us for three public discussions in Edinburgh to debate the challenges and opportunities facing libraries and literacy today.

The Literacy Revolution
Thursday 20th August, 15.45 – 16.45
Sergio Fajardo, Governor of Antioquia, and Mayor of Medellin 2003 – 2007
Amina Shah, CEO Scottish Library and Information Council
Chair: Jenny Niven

Museums and Libraries
Friday 21st August, 10.30 – 11.30
Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library
Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science
Clementine Deliss, Independent Curator
Chair: Ken Worpole

Libraries in the Digital Age
Friday 21st August, 15.45 – 16.45
Robyn Marsack, Director Scottish Poetry Library
Claire Warwick, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at Durham University
Francine Houben, Architect, Creative Director of Mecanoo
Chair: Marc Lambert

For more information please visit the Theatrum Mundi Website
For tickets please visit the EIBF website
@TheatrumM @edbookfest #SpacesforLiteracy

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