The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

Was excited by this Infographic illustrating the American author Kurt Vonnegut’s theory on the Shapes of Stories.

“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Website of the Week: Biblioklept

(c) The Courtauld Gallery; Supplied by The Public Catalogue FoundationThis week’s Website of the Week is Biblioklept. The word literally means “Book Thief” and it is a blog dedicated to discovering and sharing great things from books, art, film and culture generally. The site has been going since 2006 and is run by Edwin Turner.

Poetry Page Updated

The Old English epic poem Beowulf is written i...

The Old English epic poem Beowulf is written in alliterative verse and paragraphs, not in lines or stanzas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Image by surrealmuseDue to popular demand we have extensively expanded our Poetry  resources on the blog. You can find the new revamped Poetry Page under the Reading Tab on the Cabra Library Blog Homepage. There are some really useful online resources here. Everything from searchable poetry databases, (search by poet, poem title, subject, first line), guides to poetry terminology, First World War Poetry Archive, the list goes on.

Check out all the resources here.

Website of the Week: Brain Pickings

brain pickingsThis week’s Website of the Week is Brain Pickings. This is a pretty amazing website run by Maria Popova. Her mission is to bring us culture, the more interesting the better. In her own words; “Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, a subjective lens on what matters in the world and why, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are.” So take a quick tour of the sight and expand your mind.


aMAZEme Huge Book Maze Created

A vast labyrinth of 250,000 books, entitled aMAZEme, was installed on The Clore Ballroom in the Royal Festival Hall, London between 31 July – 25 August, as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World.

Visitors were be able to navigate the maze, which was been constructed from 250,000 remaindered, second-hand and new books. 150,000 of these books were loaned by Oxfam, and returned to the charity’s shop network at the end of the project. The remaining 100,000 books were gifted by publishing houses from around the UK.

When the maze was deconstructed at the end of the exhibition, all of the books were donated to Oxfam to raise funds for their work fighting poverty around the world.

The project was been created by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, in collaboration with production company HungryMan. Inspired by the writer and educator Jorge Louis Borges, the maze forms the shape of Borges’ unique fingerprint, covering over 500 square metres, with sections standing up to 2.5 metres high.

Credit: Marcos Saboya / Gualter Pupo / Hungryman Projects 2012