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To greenly go

Green people in queue

Green people in queue

The J.B. Priestley Library had a green invasion this week, when an alien, a witch, a dragon and something that is probably a frog beamed, popped or hopped in to exchange their library books or relax with a good read.

They’re all green and so are the new jute eco-bags on sale in the Library.   Though those are actually a very fetching shade of turquoise.

Alison is one of the characters and John took the photos.  Sarah George talked us all into it …

Witch reading

Witch enjoying a good read

Dragon relaxing with his new bag

Dragon relaxing with his new bag


Priestley’s English Journey

It is 75 years since J.B. Priestley’s “English Journey”, in which Priestley surveyed his country and wrote about the three Englands of rural tradition, postindustrial depression, and the mass media future.  It is one of his very best and most enduring books, and this July is being republished by Great Northern.  The new edition includes illustrations from the J.B. Priestley Archive and an article by Alison Cullingford highlighting the media campaign to promote the original publication in 1934.

Press coverage of the new edition:

In his article in the Observer 5 July Sarfraz Manzoor visits Bradford to reflect on changing ideas about Englishness since Priestley’s  Journey.  He visited Special Collections as part of his research, and spoke to ourselves and our colleagues about Priestley.

Review by Anthony Holden in the Daily Telegraph, which summarises the book and its appeal: “what blazes through this book with Priestley’s trademark sincerity is his driving sense of social justice”.