This year’s Human Library at WOMAD turned out to be a complete sell-out, or should that be borrow-out? There was an overwhelming response and most books were completely booked out from day one, with queues forming to read the book descriptions and readers spilling out into the surrounding areas in the Arboretum.
Some books were so well thumbed that they decided to do extra shifts! The Librarians kept everyone in order & tried to fine the readers if they returned books late but the festival atmosphere prevailed and these turned into hugs. Blessed with good weather, throbbing reggae, open-air choirs & great bagels from next door we are itching to do it all over again next year.
Difficult to say who the best-sellers were but ‘Sikh or Freak’ was very eye-catching, the Artistic Spasser got her readers to make fluttering fabric labels hanging in the tree, the Alternative Historian and Psychiatrist were much in demand and the Graveyard Master had some great anecdotes from her readers! You can download a full list of book descriptions here and see the slideshow & gallery here.
Roll on 2012, WOMAD’s 30th year & the Library’s 3rd.