Friday, May 28, 2010

Dublin Writers Festival 2010

1st - 6th June 2010 Dublin Writers Festival

Ian McEwan, David Mitchell and Jennifer Johnston are among the internationally-renowned writers who are being celebrated at Dublin's Writers Festival. Prose, poetry, readings, song-writing: this year's festival has something for everyone...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Who ya gonna call

Back in 1984 when the ghosts wreaked havoc on New York Public Library, the Ghostbusters came to the rescue. And now they're back!

Check out some of our eeriest reads

Friday, May 14, 2010

Book review - Half of a yellow sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I remember seeing the images from Biafra when I was a child growing up in Yorkshire. Those terrible images of starving and dying children, with swollen bellies and enormous eyes in heads that looked too big for their small, frail bodies. Reading this book brought those images back to me and helped me understand the conflict that took place in East Nigeria in the 1960's, in a way I couldn't understand when a child.

Please don't be put off reading this book by the above paragraph. I must say it is one of the best books I have read, and although it is extremely sad in parts, it is also very funny and entertaining, and gives a superb insight into Igbo culture.

Three people's lives intertwine - Ugwu, the village boy who comes to work as houseboy for a university lecturer; Olanna, the young woman from Lagos who leaves her privileged life to live with the same lecturer, and Richard, a white Englishman who absorbs himself in Igbo culture and who enters a relationship with Olanna's twin sister.

This book is also about the wider African culture and beliefs, about moral responsibility, about the end of colonialism, about ethnic and tribal allegiances, about class and race. It is also a story of love and how this can complicate things.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche also authored "Purple Hibiscus", another superb read. You can find both these books in the Fiction section of the Library.

Sandra Firth

Artwork Competition!

It has come to our attention there are many budding artists on campus, mostly due to the fact that sheets of doodling efforts are being left on the desks in the Library! We have decided to hold a small competition. Pin up your creations on the noticeboard at the bottom of the stairs to Level 2, and the best will win a prize! Nothing bold, now - especially as you have to put your student number on the bottom to enter!

See the masterpiece here - this has set the standard you have to surpass!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bye bye Bairbre

Our library assistant, Bairbre, is retiring today. Bairbre has been the friendly face of ITB Library for 9 years and we will miss her alot.

We wish her the best in her retirement and all her adventures ahead!