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The Good Book

July 12, 2014

“The Good Book” is a 21-minute film in praise of books. Made by Anton French, with haunting fiddle music by Chris Wood, the film opens with a reading of my poem “What is a Book?”, originally written for the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition.

The film explores people’s relationship with the book as we advance into the digital era of reading; the opening of the New Beaney library in Canterbury provided the opportunity to do just this. The Beaney is resurrected and a new modern atrium, library and galleries are added to the historic Institute. The old and the new building are paralleled through the film’s theme of the physical book ‘versus’ the modern e-reader. This discussion, mixed with thought-provoking images and sounds of the building, artefacts and its people present an engaging portrait of the library. Poetry – especially written for the film – about books, libraries and reading, accompany the film maker’s playful exploration of the time and space.

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Photo from the website of The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, Canterbury.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 13, 2014 8:15 am

    As a e reader fan, I still be reading lots of real books every year. And one of my favorite activities is going to a book store and hang out there for like hours.

  2. July 14, 2014 2:13 pm

    what a grand space to celebrate reading and art and regular people. well done movie.

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