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A teenage takeover of libraries.

This is where The Shining meets microbes of knowledge and possibility, where stories roll off the handrails of the escalators and words are muttered through the air conditioning systems.

Cameras will snake around corners and creep along carpets, voices will be dislocated and the audiences caught up. They will speak their story with clarity and listen with integrity.

Blast Theory, acclaimed author Tony White and 30 young people aged between 14 – 19, will be working together in the West Midlands at Cannock, Southwater and St John’s libraries, to re-imagine libraries, story telling and their place in the world.

It culminates in a 9-hour takeover of the three libraries on the 29th of October. On this night the finished story will be delivered to a live and online audience in 3 parts, one after the other from each library. The clocks go back one hour and it is the day before Halloween.

And later, after the event, the story will be published as a book.

Stay up to date with the project by visiting and follow the hashtag #FreeOfJudgement


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

It is made in collaboration with young people and librarians in Telford and Wrekin, Worcestershire, and Staffordshire and is created in partnership with young people and librarians in Solihull, Shropshire, Dudley and the University of Worcester.

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

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