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Engraving showing George Psalmanazar’s imaginary account of a Formosan funeral
13/03/2014
The fictitious adventures of an 18th century con artist, who fooled London society for years with his made-up travellers’ tales, are being put on public display at St John’s College for the first time as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.The 1704 work, The History of Formosa, describes in great detail the culture, language and customs of the island nation of Formosa, modern-day Taiwan. The book was supposedly written by a native of Formosa who was brought to Europe by Jesuit missionaries, but all is not as it seems.
Dan Burt reads from his new book
18/02/2014
Dan Burt, poet, author and honorary fellow of St John’s, will be holding a reception this evening to mark the launch of his new book You Think it Strange.College members and staff are invited to attend the reception, which will be held in Heffers Bookshop, Trinity Street, tonight (Tuesday 18 February) from 6:30-7:45pm.
06/02/2014
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, St John's College Old Library will be open to the public from 10:00-16:00 on Saturday 15 March.
05/02/2014
Calling all artistic members of College!The annual Art and Photography Competition will be accepting entries from undergraduate and postgraduate members of College from 22-25 April. Entries are to be handed in at the Library Issue Desk.Winning entries will recieve prizes of up to £200!All entries will be displayed in the Library over Easter Term.
Thomas Clarkson’s diary of 1787
13/01/2014
BBC Radio Cambridgeshire visited the College Library to record a short interview with Ryan Cronin, Communications Office, on the Thomas Clarkson and Abolitionist material housed in the Special Collections.