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Lionel Fanthorpe

The Library Service is delighted to be the custodian of the Lionel Fanthorpe Collection & Archive. It will be kept with other notable collections (Ceramics Collection, Artists’ Books Collection, archive material relating to Cardiff School of Art & Design, the Archives of Howard Gardens Gallery and more) in our Special Collections Room which is on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

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We were privileged for Lionel to visit Cardiff Met last week to celebrate the inauguration of the collection. He spoke about his extraordinary writing process and engaged in a Q&A session with students from our Creative Writing course. What an inspiration!

A display of a selection of his books, the cover artwork, pages from his writer’s ledger and the reel-to-reel tape recorder he used to dictate many of these novels can now been seen on the ground floor of Llandaff Library.

If you would like any further information about our Special Collections, or to arrange a group workshop or a time to visit these collections, please email


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Lionel Fanthorpe Lecture

Do you enjoy pulp fiction … sci fi … the paranormal? Then maybe this is the event for you . . . . .

Cardiff Met’s Library’s Special Collections is now taking care of a substantial number of author Lionel Fanthorpe’s science fiction novels from the 1950s and 60s, along with the reel to reel tape recorder used for dictating the stories and his working ledger which includes examples of  cover design artwork from many of these books. The novels are unusual in that the title and text were usually written in response to a cover design, rather than the other way around.
Lecture publicity Fanthorpe

Lionel, now in his 80s, lives in Cardiff and we’re excited that he’ll be visiting us this month to deliver a lecture in Cardiff School of Art & Design Heart Space on Thursday 21st March 4.30 – 6pm. The Department of Creative Writing has arranged this event where, to celebrate Cardiff Met’s acquisition, he will discuss “his work, his legacy and his mind-bending powers of imaginative speculation” . All are welcome and places can be booked through  Eventbrite:

To give you a flavour of his extraordinary writing process, the Lionel Fanthorpe Appreciation site describes it here –

We’re looking forward to exploring ways of using this collections with students in the future!

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Special Collections

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Special Collections at Llandaff Campus Library, Cardiff Metropolitan University

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Just some of September’s new books . . .

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Llandaff Library – 2nd floor

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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

If you can’t make these times and would like to visit, then just email and we’ll arrange a time for you to call in.




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New Books

Do check out the displays around the library of new books – many of which are on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.


Mid-Century Modern Complete (745.2 BRA)

One mighty big read, featured here, is Dominic Bradbury’s Mid Century Modern Complete from Thames & Hudson . . .

“This definitive survey of one of the most popular, collectable and dynamic periods of international design offers a rich overview of all aspects of the subject. Mid-century furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles, product design, industrial design, graphics and posters are covered, as well as architecture and interior design, exemplifying post-war optimism and energy, use of innovative and affordable materials and forms of mass manufacture, and newly developed precepts of ‘good design’.

Nearly 100 major and influential creators of the mid-century period are highlighted, whether based in Scandinavia, Western Europe, America, Japan, Brazil or Australia. They include icons such as Saul Bass, Robin Day, Charles and Ray Eames, Marimekko, Isamu Noguchi, Dieter Rams, Lucie Rie and Paolo Venini, as well as architects Alvar Aalto, Philip Johnson, Richard Neutra and Oscar Niemeyer.

An additional illustrated dictionary features hundreds more key mid-century designers and manufacturers as well as important organisations, schools and movements.

The book showcases both classic designs and mass-produced items as well as little-seen rarities and unusual objets d’art. Complete with thirteen specially commissioned essays by renowned experts and over 1,000 mainly colour illustrations, it is a must-have for any design aficionado, collector or reader seeking inspiration for their home”.

All books on display can be borrowed.


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New Books


Currently on display (and available for loan) on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library.

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