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The Axis of Awesome

For an artist, when a video of one of your songs gets 15 million hits on Youtube you know you’re doing well – you might even say you’re doing ‘awesome!’ Renowned the world over for their hilarious live show, Australia’s biggest comedy band, The Axis of Awesome will be performing for one night only at London’s Bush Hall on Thursday November 4th.

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Listen to the greatest 20th century British and American poets read their own work

To celebrate National Poetry Day on 7 October, the British Library releases two new additions to its popular series of literary spoken word CDs, featuring many previously unpublished recordings of great British and American poets of the 20th century reading their own poems and often with their own spoken introductions. From T S Eliot’s sombre, measured reading from ‘The Waste Land’ to William Carlos Williams’ confident, humorous reading of ‘This is Just to Say’ and the gravelly purr of Walter de la Mare introducing and reading ‘Thomas Hardy’, these CDs comprise a wealth of rare historic recordings.

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Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices: 12 November 2010 – 3 April 2011

Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices (12 November 2010 – 3 April 2011) is the first ever exhibition exploring the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap. Driven by developments in religion, politics, technology, economics and culture, English today is spoken by a third of the world’s population.