Get lost in a world of books at Blickling Estate
With a large focus on books at Blickling this summer, find out how we're working with local independent bookshops and the University of East Anglia to help us with our book related activities. From holiday drop in activity sessions and secret book trails in the garden to our favourite book titles in the shop, take a look at what we've got in-store for your visits this summer.
For book lovers, young and old
During the planning stages of The Word Defiant! we invited The Norfolk Children's Book Centre and The Book Hive Bookshop in Norwich to get on board and help us select some book titles on the subject of books, the written word and libraries.
When you've explored the six installations inside the house (not forgetting the Temple outside for later), you'll reach the Reflection Room.
We've placed some of the specially selected titles in the room for you to enjoy. There's something very special about giving a child the opportunity and sit on the floor and choose some books to delve into, so please encourage this if you're visiting with little people. However, the books range from pre-school to young adult and through to adult titles.
If you find a particular favourite, head over to the Gift Shop afterwards, where most titles will be in stock for you to purchase. There are also some fabulous coffee table books, if you're looking for that perfect gift.
You'll also find a range of merchandise specially designed for The Word Defiant! From greetings cards and tote bags to mugs, magnets and tea towels, take home a little something to remind you of the installation and the importance of books.
We've come up with a number of ways to really get you thinking about books and the importance of them in your own life.
The Reflection Room offers you the opportunity to take some time to reflect and respond to what you’ve seen so far. We’ve designed some fun and interactive exercises to capture your feedback, from redacting text to helping us create a huge book that will give an insight to the project and people's thoughts on books in many years to come.
The second-hand bookshop
Open daily 10am - 5pm
On your visit, don't forget to pop in to our second-hand bookshop, which you'll find in the farmyard, near the cafe, plant centre and stamp shop.
Run by volunteers who are always willing to help and advise, you'll find all sorts of treasures on the shelves. With a beautiful collection of rare books right through to modern day fiction, and everything else in between, see what hidden gems you can find.
The spoken word
The Book Hive will be hosting a variety of talks over the summer, relating to The Word Defiant!. So far we've listened to a really interesting discussion with D.J Taylor and Rachel Hore on 'A Life (Together) in Books' as well as much loved journalist Lucy Mangan on her latest release 'Bookworm'. More events are planned for Aylsham Town Hall later in the year, however, the following events will be at The Book Hive in Norwich. Please check their website for further details:
Damon Young and Sarah Perry: ‘The Art of Reading’
10 August | 6 - 7.30pm
Damon Young is the author of The Art of Reading, a celebratory tribute to one of our most under-appreciated skills. In it, he reminds us just how miraculous the process of reading is: through a series of scratches and dots we, the reader, can create whole worlds and lives lived only in our imaginations.