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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.
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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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