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This week’s recording of the week features American poet Adrienne Rich reading her poem ‘Power’ at the 1st International Feminist Book Fair in 1984.

The poem examines women's power and the quality of endurance, referencing the life of Marie Curie:

Adrienne Rich reads her poem ‘Power’ at the first International Feminist Book Fair in 1984. This collection also features readings by Audre Lorde, who was born #onthisday in 1934 #LGBTQHM

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Read a typescript first draft of Hanif Kureishi's screenplay for My Beautiful Laundrette, a ground-breaking exploration of race, class, politics and sexuality:

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Replying to @UntoldLives: A story of secret love letters for #ValentinesDay. Secrecy was vital for Lord Granville’s correspondence with his lover L…

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A story of secret love letters for #ValentinesDay. Secrecy was vital for Lord Granville’s correspondence with his lover Lady Harriet Bessborough. When their affair was at its height, they wrote daily.

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The Treasures Gallery at St Pancras will be closing at 16.30 on Monday 17 February, so we can make some changes to the items on display.

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Forget catching their eye...

(Shelfmark Stowe 955)

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Romeo and Juliet, wildly in love, but were they really well-matched?

Which famous figures from literature would you pair up and why?

Img: Shelfmark 11765.s.5 (cropped)

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Replying to @BLMedieval: Who was St Valentine and how did he become associated with lovers?

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Replying to @BLMedieval: Dear followers, we love you! 💕 Here are some of our favourite #ValentinesDay blog posts from over the years, because there’…

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@BridgemanLaura On 28 February we welcome @mcashmanCBE in conversation with @IanMcKellen to mark the publication of Michael’s biography, One of Them. Tickets here: #LGBTQHM

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Who was St Valentine and how did he become associated with lovers?

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Dear followers, we love you! 💕 Here are some of our favourite #ValentinesDay blog posts from over the years, because there’s nothing more romantic than medieval manuscripts 😘
#ValentinesDay2020 thread!

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Choose your own adventure with this month’s podcast. Meet young writers powering up their imaginations at @plymlibraries and hear how Minecraft is opening up literary worlds: #AnythingButSilent

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@BridgemanLaura This recording from our Oral History collection, captured at London Pride in 1985, gives an insight into the atmosphere of the event and describes the fight against censorship of LGBTQ reading material #LGBTQHM

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@BridgemanLaura In her article ‘Bisexuals in print’, Jen Yockney MBE explores the @britishlibrary collection and discusses the longest-running magazine for bisexuals, Bi Community News. Read it on our LGBTQ+ stories website #LGBTQHM

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@BridgemanLaura Have you visited Marvellous and Mischievous yet? Our free, family-friendly exhibition brings together young rebels from children’s literature including the wonderful Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love. Open until 1 March #LGBTQHM

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@BridgemanLaura This conversation between transgender activists on two newspaper articles from our collection highlights the challenge of finding trans lives and experience in archives. Listen via our LGBTQ+ stories website: #LGBTQHM

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You can also hear some of Andrea Levy’s Authors’ Lives interview, held @BL_OralHistory, on @BBCRadio4 tomorrow, 8 February, at 20.00

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Our Notes and Queeries events series continues on 21 February with writer @BridgemanLaura exploring their relationship with libraries and reading by ‘queering’ items from the British Library collection. Get your tickets now: #LGBTQHM

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Replying to @DCMS: "There's always something new to get involved in."

Meet @BritishLibrary apprentice Alice, who's enjoying a varied and rewarding…

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"There's always something new to get involved in."

Meet @BritishLibrary apprentice Alice, who's enjoying a varied and rewarding apprenticeship working behind the scenes at one of the capital's most iconic institutions👇

@apprenticeships | #NAW2020 | #LookBeyond |

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Due to essential maintenance, users of the library’s online resources, such as the website and main catalogue, will experience intermittent interruption to the service on Thursday 6 February 2020. These interruptions will occur any time between 20:00 and 23:59 GMT.

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To celebrate the acquisition, items from the archive will be on display in the British Library's free, permanent Treasures Gallery from the end of February until August 2020. The archive will be accessible to researchers on completion of cataloguing in late 2021.

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