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Fantasy: Realms of Imagination

Living Knowledge Network Fantasy

Enter a world of fantasy!

Inspired by Fantasy: Realms of Imagination at the British Library, supported by Wayland Games, the new display in our libraries explores how fantasy is flourishing today across a range of different media, literature, TV, film, games and more, and looks back at the origins of the genre.

The display is free to visit at Deal Library until Saturday 9 December and explores the rich diversity of the fantasy genre, from Arthurian legends to manga and live action role-playing games. The exhibition will be touring Kent Libraries until February 2024. We'll be updating this page throughout the exhibition with more details, and new upcoming events. 

Find recommended reads, free resources and explore events below.

Explore Events

From the library to your home.

World class speakers, emerging voices and inspirational debates. Explore recordings of events from all over the country, and discover what's coming up

Dungeons and Dragons

Every Saturday
1.30 to 3.30pm at Sheerness Library

Booking essential

Join us every Saturday at our Dungeons & Dragons Adult Group at Sheerness Library. Whether you are curious and a complete beginner or an experienced Dungeons and Dragons player, all are welcome!

Games are held every Saturday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm and are suitable for young people aged 16 or above. We can accommodate up to 6 players, but booking is essential so please contact Sheerness Library to secure your place

For more information and to book your place email us, or call 03000 41 31 31. You can also follow Swale Libraries on Facebook for local updates

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ImagineFX is the only magazine for fantasy and sci-fi digital artists. Each issue contains an eclectic mixture of in-depth workshops from the world's best artists, plus galleries and interviews, community news and product reviews.

Past Exhibitions & Events

Explore past events and resources from other Living Knowledge Network exhibitions below. 

Chinese and British

Living Knowledge Network Chinese and British

Chinese and British took its lead from the British Library’s exhibition and reflected on this long history through photographs, manuscripts and interviews.  The exhibition toured Kent Libraries from November 2022 to April 2023.

Find free resources and recording of events from the exhibition below.

Recorded Live on Monday 17 April 2023
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Food is at the heart of the Chinese British experience. Arriving, or growing up with multiple food traditions, cooking was always a means to survive and to integrate and at a time in the 1980s, it was estimated that over ninety percent of Chinese British employment was in catering. Whether Cantonese, Sichuan or Zhejiang, and however much it has been adapted, ‘Chinese’ food is now the most popular cuisine in the UK, continuing to evolve and bring fresh discoveries.

At this event speakers from very different food backgrounds share their stories, and their passions for food, as part of this remarkable and sometimes challenging cultural and culinary journey. With Ken Hom, one of Britain’s best-known food broadcasters; Angela Hui, author of Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter; restauranteur and writer Helen Tse and two-Michelin-starred chef Andrew Wong; all in conversation with School of Wok founder Jeremy Pang. 

This event will be broadcast live from the British Library as part of their 2023 Food Season.

Reserve and borrow your copy of Ken Hom's My Stir Fried Life

Reserve and borrow your copy of Angela Hui's Takeaway: Stories from a Childhood Behind the Counter

Reserve and borrow your copy of Jeremy Pang's School of Wok

Recorded live on Thursday 13 April 2023
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Online event celebrating the launch of Xiaolu Guo's new memoir Radical, a playful, provocative and original take on striving for a life of her own. Xiaolu brings her experience of living in different continents into all her books: from rural and urban China, to London, Europe, and now New York, where she spent a year, away from her husband and child, separated by place and language, and from people.

Radical is a memoir about being an outsider and the desperate longing to connect. It is also a dictionary and an ardent love letter; an archive of an artist's search for creative freedom and an attempt to find a space between her fascination with Western culture and her nostalgia for Eastern landscapes.

Reserve and borrow your copy of Radical by Xiaolu Guo from Kent Libraries

Event livestreamed on Thurs 19 Jan 2023
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Julie's bestselling book, Happy Families, is one of the chosen books by the British Library curators as part of the exhibition - Chinese and British: Exploring British Chinese communities and culture.

About the book: Three generations, two secrets, one extended family... Amy is thirty-four and has just given up her glittering career in the big (Welsh) city to move back in with her grandfather, returning to work in the small-town Chinese takeaway where she spent her bookish and boring childhood. Why? That's a secret she won't tell. Just like the secret of why her grandfather, Ah Goong, and her father, TC Li, haven't spoken to each other in thirty years...

Reserve and borrow your copy of Happy Families by Julie Ma from Kent Libraries

Eva Wong 'I Love Chinese New Year'

First streamed 21 January 2023

Join the family fun live from Liverpool Central Library. Celebrate Lunar New Year alongside beloved children's authors Eva Wong Nava and Maisie Chan. How does a writer think of a great story? How do they come up with their characters? Do they do all the drawings themselves? Watch these online sessions to hear stories and join the activities.

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Eva Wong Nava reads from her new picture book 'I Love Chinese New Year'. Twelve animals, one for each year, each one with their own special powers. It all started with a race to cross the most heavenly of rivers…

Reserve your copy of I Love Chinese New Year to collect from your chosen library for free with a child or teen library card.

Doodles and Danny Chung with Maisie ChanWatch now

Dive into the world of eleven-year-old Danny Chung, who loves drawing more than anything – especially maths! Maisie Chan, appears live to read from her award-winning book and answer your burning questions... 

Reserve your copy of Danny Chung Does Not Do Maths

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Breaking the News

Living Knowledge Network Breaking the News

Breaking the News, created by the British Library, featured in many libraries across the UK at the beginning of 2022. The exhibition toured around Kent Libraries and Archives, having started its journey at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone in February and visiting Canterbury, Whitstable and Folkestone Library later in the year.

Inspired by the UK’s biggest news collection, which dates back to the 1500s and grows daily, the exhibition showcased what makes a story through real headlines from newspapers, TV, radio and digital media.

Watch recordings of some of our past events and explore our recommended resources from the Breaking the News exhibition below.

Talk held on Friday 24 June, 6pm at Folkestone Library  

As part of our touring exhibition, Breaking the News, we were joined at Folkestone Library for a special evening event by reporter turned best-selling author, Paul Ilett.

His first novel, Exposé, was a great success across the board, with fans of satirical thrillers, Doctor Who, and queer fiction among his followers. Paul continues to write as a freelance journalist with articles published in The Guardian. Now back with the much anticipated sequel, Exposed, Paul gave a expert Q&A about journalism and self-publishing to our audience at the library.

Paul Ilett Exposé


Talk held on Monday 14 March 1 to 2pm at the Kent History and Library Centre, Maidstone

Screen Archive South East, in association with Kent Archives, collects, preserves and shares moving images made in Kent.

A significant part of the collection features films by amateur and professional film-makers that capture the county’s news. These are films dedicated to visiting celebrities, special events and unexpected scenes and they all reveal significant moments in the life of the county in the 20th Century.

Dr Frank Gray, the Director of SASE, provides a tour through this old news on screen. In the video above, you’ll see the Kent Show at Mote Park, the Red Cross preparing for war in Broadstairs, and enjoy a Festival of Britain Garden Party at Whitstable.

Online Resources from Kent Libraries

Being a member of the library gives you access to online news subscriptions free of charge.

These cover both current and historical news. Most of the resources will ask you to log in using your library card number, some will ask you for your library PIN. A few of the websites can only be accessed from computers in libraries. Find out more about your free access to online resources on our website

British Library Newspapers 

Influential national and regional newspapers from 1800 to 1950

Sign into our collection of Gale Databases to access this resource.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive
The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, covering British and world events 1842 to 2003

Sign into our collection of Gale Databases to access this resource.

Times Digital Archives
Search through the digital edition of The Times (London) 1785 to 2014. The entire newspaper is captured, with all notices, obituaries, advertisements and illustrations/photos.

Sign into our collection of Gale Databases to access this resource.

A comprehensive collection of reliable news sources covering a wide array of topics and issues.

Visit the Global Access Newsbank website.

British Newspaper Archive Community Edition 
Available in all Kent Libraries, but no remote access
A partnership between the British Library and Brightsolid online publishing to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages including some Kent newspapers.

Contact Ask a Kent Librarian for more information.

Visit the
 Kent Archives website to find out more about our collections, or get in contact with your local library to explore our local history ephemera and newspaper archives.

Online Resources from Kent Libraries


Access over 7,000 contemporary newspapers and magazines on your phone, tablet or on a computer with your Kent Libraries' membership. Read current editions and recent past copies for free!

Find out more about PressReader on our eLibrary pages.

Living Knowledge Network | Watch Online

Living Knowledge Network: watch past events online

The Living Knowledge Network brings world-class speakers, emerging voices and inspirational debate to public libraries and the people who use them.

Compelling cultural events are livestreamed with libraries across the UK, so you can get a front-row seat for free no matter where you live. More information about the Living Knowledge Network and the British Library can be found on their website

 Explore the Living Knowledge Network website to watch previous events and discover what's coming up


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