This week’s guests are Steven Cleary, Lead Curator, Literary and Creative Recordings at the British Library and Sandra Cross whose extensive recordings of her journal ‘Limbo’ are now available via the British Library Online Sound and Moving Image catalogue. On November 8th, Sandra’s film ‘Limbo’ overlaid with readings from the journal, will be screened in the Knowledge Center at the British Library. Free, ticket required. 19.15-20.45
The British Library has one of the largest sound archives in the world, containing over 1 million discs, 185,000 tapes, and many other sound and video formats, including born-digital files.
Steve has worked for the British Library sound archive since 1994 and was lead curator of the recent free exhibition ‘Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound’, which ran from 6 October 2017 to 13 May 2018.
His department collects and makes accessible documentary recordings of literary readings, drama, live art and other non-musical performance in Britain, together with recordings of ancillary material such as interviews and discussions.
The Library also generates its own recordings, made on location or in the British Library studio.