UK-based organisations will host events across Britain this year to mark Banned Books Week: bringing the internationally-celebrated event to a UK-wide audience for the first time.
Mirroring a similar initiative in the United States, the organisations -- including the British Library, Index on Censorship, Royal Society of Literature and English PEN -- are encouraging libraries, book shops, schools and reading groups to hold
events that celebrate the freedom to read and challenge the silencing of voices and ideas.
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, one of the groups spearheading Banned Books Week UK, said:
This year marks 50 years since we abolished government censorship of the theatre in this country. It's a good time to think about what is getting published today and why -- and who are the modern censors.
Celebrated works of literature that have experienced bans or censorship worldwide in recent years include the Harry Potter books, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird , Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series and John Green's The
Fault in Our Stars .
Banned Books Week will take place from September 23 to 29 2018. Events will include a special evening at the British Library marking the Theatres Act 1968, which abolished theatre censorship in the United Kingdom, as well as readings and talks
across the country.
The British Library is delighted to be a partner in Banned Books Week 2018 said Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library. We are looking forward to events in the autumn in which we'll be holding conversations about theatrical
censorship past and present, and encourage libraries, bookshops and schools across the country to join in by hosting their own events and getting everyone involved in debating this vital issue.
Previous Banned Books Week events have included discussions on The Satanic Verses controversy; a talk on the unsayable with cartoonist Martin Rowson; and David Aaronovitch and guests exploring tactics used to censor voices around the
world. Anyone interested in hosting their own event is urged to do so under the Banned Books Banner and resources will be made available for schools and libraries later in the year.
Islington Libraries will produce a list of some of the world's best-known banned books for the occasion and everyone is encouraged to pick up a banned book.
Fractured Visions Film Festiva
29-30th September 2018
Tramshed Cinema, Cardiff
Having established itself as the premiere cult cinematic event in Cardiff, Fractured Visions are now expanding and are pleased to announce the launch of the Fractured Visions Film Festival!
Over the weekend of the 29th and 30th of September, Fractured Visions will be bringing the best in independent horror to the BIG screen for a weekend filled with bloodshed, scares, laughs and downright terror! We aren't interested in the big
budget studio fare that will be projected in every cinema across the globe, we want to promote the underdogs and we want to promote the future of the genre.
Until 1968 plays that had the potential to create immoral or anti-government feelings were banned by the Lord Chamberlain's office or ordered to be edited.
The V&A exhibition includes original manuscripts with notes on what needs to be changed and letters from Lord Chamberlain explaining why the edits are required.
In the exhibition there are several pieces including a manuscript about the play Saved by Edward Bond. The play tells the story of a group of young people living in poverty and includes a scene in which a baby is stoned to death.
When the Royal Court Theatre submitted the play to the censor, over 50 amendments were requested. Bond refused to cut two key scenes, stating 'it was either the censor or me -- and it was going to be the censor'. As a result, the play was banned.
Before the act was passed, playwrights got around the law by staging banned plays in members clubs which meant they could not be persecuted since it was private venue. The continued success of this strategy and the reluctance to prosecute made a
mockery of the Lord Chamberlain's powers and reflected the increasingly relaxed attitudes of the public towards 'shocking' material.
The first night after the Act was introduced, the rock musical Hair opened on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End. It featured drugs, anti-war messages and brief nudity, ushering in a new age of British theatre.