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Bloodaxe Books exhibition posterBloodaxe Books: 'Unusual, but it shouldn't be...'

For 40 years local publisher Bloodaxe Books has been shaking up the poetry world. They have fought to give writers from the North-East a voice, to provide a platform for talented poets who are under-represented elsewhere, and to support revolutionary writers from across the world.

To coincide with the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018 (2nd - 5th May), Newcastle University Special Collections will be showcasing material from the Bloodaxe Books archive in a new exhibition to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the renowned publisher.

Level 2, Philip Robinson Library, Newcastle University

From April 2018.






Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms


Mathematics: the beauty and uses of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry

Euclid was a Greek mathematician who flourished around 300 BC. His Elements of Geometryhas been one of the most influential works of all time and served as the main mathematical text book from its first printing in 1482 until the late Nineteenth/early Twentieth Century. Scholars believe that Euclid collected together all of the Greek mathematical knowledge of the time and presented this knowledge in a single logical framework.

The Elements of Geometry is not just important in the history of maths education: for almost 2,000 years maths was geometry. Today, its influences can be seen all around us, in astronomy, surveying, architecture, art and even computer graphics.

This exhibition draws upon important early editions of the Elements and explores some of the ways in which it has influenced later thinking, all through material held in Newcastle University Library’s Special Collections. The exhibition was prompted by Oxford University’s Reading Euclid project.

Ground floor, Marjorie Robinson Library Rooms, Newcastle University

7th April – 14th June 2018






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