Lauded by LGBTQ+ celebrities from activist Peter Tatchell to author Patrick Gale, the book includes a diverse range of perspectives and topics from a historian’s perspective on the scarcity of recorded LGBTQ+ history to a summary of local newspaper representation of LGBTQ+ issues over the past 120 years, a celebration of the Island’s leading LGBTQ+ heroes and heroines over the past century, as well as critical discussions of the development and impact of the infamous Section 28 and of suicide amongst LGBTQ+ people, pairing factual historical and journalistic research with reflections on personal experience and verbatim oral history extracts from the residents of the Isle of Wight.

Once you have overcome your apprehension about visiting a library that is many times larger than the one in your old school or college, the next questions that cross most people’s minds in some order are “How do I find the things on my reading lists”, “Where are my books”, and “Tell me more about these strange things you call ebooks”.

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Our NFWB collection inspired Havant College textile students to make art. Their work is exhibited near a complemental display of books from our Rare Books Collection. Looking at both displays it is not easy to see which came first, the …

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The Near and Far World Books collection of illustrated children’s books is inspiring, and it certainly inspired the A-level students from Havant and South Downs College, whose work is currently displayed beside the books that inspired them.