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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 SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk


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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 – http://peltorro.com/intro.htm

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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a monthly photographic zine by Chiara Ambrosio


“As Far As The Eye Can Travel is a paper Wunderkammer that gathers together geographies of the mind, topographies of the soul and physical excavations: curious chance encounters, moments of discovery, unexpected revelations that will surprise, enchant and spark uncharted flights of the imagination as far as the eye can- and will- travel. 

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It is a magnifying glass through which to look at the real world anew and reveal all the magic and wonder that lies within it …”


Follow this link to read the full article about this fabulous set of  books we now have in our Artists’ Books Collection at Llandaff. Bought from the equally fabulous bookartbookshop!

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Ceramics Craft Forum: In Conversation


“We want to claim back the word ‘craft’!! We are staging a run of ‘in conversations’ with Art Historian Dr. Jonathan Clarkson in our ceramics archive calling upon the history of ceramics research at Cardiff to identify intersections between ceramics and art with our MA’s hopefully running a little like this . . .”

Dr. Natasha Mayo discussing ‘Sloppy Craft’
Dr. Jon Pigott discussing ‘Crafting Technology’
Theo Humpheries discussing ‘Crafting Humour’
Claire Curneen discussing ‘Crafting Narratives’
Dr. Martyn Woodward ‘The Anthropology of Craft

Delighted that these events will be held  in our Special Collections room using material from the Ceramics Collections and Archives.

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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

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by | October 2, 2017 · 11:06 am

Cardiff Artists’ Books

We’ll be here!

Saturday 9th Sept. Cardiff Met’s Library Special Collections will be here with Cardiff Uni’s SCOLAR at this first Cardiff Artists’ Books event. Do call in for a chat, join in with the workshops, browse the stalls and see (and hear!) the performances.




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Special Collections drop-in sessions

Special Collections drop-in

No need to book – open to all staff and students.  If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit or a group workshop at a different time, please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

The Special Collections are also open to members of the public by appointment.

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Library Treasures

Is it too early to begin spring cleaning the collections?  Not when you find treasures such as these  . . . .


This ephemera will be integrated into the existing collection of Cardiff School of Art & Design materials in the library’s Special Collections at Llandaff.

ephemeraIncluded are exhibition and degree show catalogues, prospectuses, posters, recordings and also slides of students’ work.


To make an appointment to access material in the Special Collections, please email SpecialCollections@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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Richard Cox: Artists’ Books

All the books in the current display on the ground floor of Llandaff Library are from our Artists’ Books Collection and have been created by Richard Cox, who donated them to our growing collection.


Richard Cox

Richard Cox studied Fine Art for 8 years, moving to Wales and living here since1975. He has a background in teaching in various Art Schools in the UK and abroad, including as visiting lecturer at the RCA, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Kunstakademiet i Trondheim and Delhi College of Art.  He was Visual Arts Officer at The Arts Council of Wales, running the Artist in Residence programme between 1983 and 1998.

Recent Solo shows include “Subterranean Architecture: Stepwells in Western India” which has toured to 14 exhibition venues in the UK and India since 2008 and was shown at the Tamarind Gallery NYC and at Monclair State University, NJ in 2012. His most recent solo exhibition “1569” was seen at Aberystwyth University School of Art and Museum in 2015 and at Art Central in Barry in 2016. His work is represented in 27 public collections which include The National Museum of Wales, The Arts Council of Wales, Newport Museum, The British Council, New Delhi, The State Museum at Majdanek, Poland, Delhi College of Art, Bemis Centre for Contemporary Art USA, State of Rajasthan and at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

In January 2017 together with Sue Hunt (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design) he is taking the international touring exhibition “Open Books” to the State Academy of Art in Rajasthan.  This exhibition originated by Mary Husted has toured in China, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.

He was a Senior Lecturer in Cardiff School of Art & Design and Director of Howard Gardens Gallery from 2004 to 2013.


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