News/October 2016

On the Saturday before Halloween, over the course of nine hours, teenagers in Worcester, Telford and Cannock will take control of their local libraries, and perform live to a worldwide audience online.

Join us online in A Place Free Of Judgement to help the teenagers as they travel from library to library, sneaking in and hiding a story in each one. Three libraries broadcast live online for one night only, creating a global conversation about the power of stories.

The event is a culmination of experiments and discussions from workshops with the teenagers, acclaimed author Tony White and Blast Theory that have taken place over the past four months exploring writing, filmmaking, and what libraries mean to us.

How to take part

Login online

Unfolding over three consecutive libraries, the teenagers will talk to you about personal stories and strange ideas and what they mean to both of you.

Between 3pm and midnight on the 29th October you can log in to watch and interact with the young people on

We will be live streaming from the three libraries at the following times:

  • Southwater Library, Telford, 3pm – 6pm
  • Cannock, Staffordshire, 6pm – 9pm
  • St John’s Library, Worcester, 9pm – midnight

And why not also tweet us what you think using the hashtag #freeofjudgement

Come to the live event

As the night darkens, a new story by acclaimed author Tony White comes to life with a reading every hour. You can watch these online or join us in person at the following times and locations:

  • Southwater Library, Telford at 3.30pm
  • Cannock Library, Staffordshire at 6.30pm
  • St John’s Library, Worcester at 9.30pm

The reading is a free event, however spaces are very limited so you will need to sign up in advance. If you would like to attend the live reading please reserve you ticket through Eventbrite.

Follow the story so far

Visit the project website to see what we’ve been up to over the past four months and read the new blog from Tony reflecting on favorite library memories – tell us your own and it may be used in the finished story.

Read the finished book

The finished book will be published early next year and if you are interested to receive a copy please contact Ju Row Farr by email: [email protected] or phone: 01273413455

A Place Free Of Judgement is a new project by Blast Theory and Tony White, developed with ASCEL West Midlands and Arts Connect.

t is made in collaboration with young people and librarians in Telford and WrekinWorcestershire, and Staffordshire and is created in partnership with young people and librarians in SolihullShropshireDudley and the University of Worcester.

The project is made with support from Arts Council England Lottery FundingArts Connect the Bridge organisation for the West Midlands and the University of Worcester.