Thursday 17th May at 7.30pm, Deanway United Reform Church, HP8 4JL

Claire Cock-Starkey: Bodleianalia: Curious Facts about Britain’s Oldest University Library

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Claire Cock-Starkey 2018

Which is the smallest book in the Bodleian Library? Who complained when their secret pen name was revealed in the library’s catalogue? How many miles of shelving are there in the Book Storage Facility? What is the story behind the library’s refusal to lend a book to King Charles I? And, what is the phi collection? The answers to these questions and many more will be revealed by writer Claire Cock-Starkey as she discusses the many fascinating facts, quirks of fate and eccentric characters that she uncovered as she looked behind-the-scenes at Oxford’s world renowned Bodleian Library, for her book Bodleianalia.

Claire Cock-Starkey is a writer and editor based in Cambridge. She started her career working with Ben Schott on his hugely successful Miscellanies before going on to help develop the format for Schott’s Almanac. Since 2011 Claire has been working on her own projects and to date has had eight books published – writing on history, the natural world, books and libraries. In 2016 Claire’s book Penguins, Pineapples and Pangolins was named one of QI’s 10 most interesting books of 2016.