The Library of Secrets
The Library of Secrets is a mobile library conceived from the love of keeping and finding things in amongst the pages of books. Two confessional booths at either end of the structure invite you to leave your thoughts, wisdoms and secrets amongst the pages of one or more of the 400 books in the library’s collection. Peruse the shelves for your favourite 19th or 20th century classic or maybe just rummage through the books to find other peoples secrets.
Between 2007-2008 The Library took up residence in different venues across Whitstable as part of Whitstable Biennale 2008. For a whole year The Library of Secrets hosted a series of events including the Book Club Debate, which met every 6 weeks. The Book Club focused on discussing books that inspired the films, local hero Peter Cushing, starred in including; Dracula, Lolita, The Hound of the Baskerville’s, Frankenstein, Nineteen Eighty Four and The End of the Affair. These classics are more often imbedded in our knowledge through their film adaptation rather than the original novel. The Book Club Debates were chaired by myself and a host of visiting experts, lively debate was followed by a screening of the film each book inspired. The Book Club Debate was documented through a series of book reviews written by myself and members of the Book Club.
Since the Whitstable Biennale The Library has travelled to different locations around the UK including Camden Arts Centre, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Kaleidoscope Gallery Sevenoaks and The London Print Studios.
The Library of Secrets also became a mini publishing house producing a series of artist’s books that chart the development of the library and its relationship with its members. The books and multiples that have been produced include, ‘The Book Club Debate Whitstable’, ‘The Writing Challenge’ and ‘Things Found Inside Books’.