An intimate scenario for one audience member at a time, sited in Birmingham Central Library.

This work is inspired by the Ray Bradbury sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451, in which books are forbidden because they are considered dangerous and an underground community of people learn books by heart in order to preserve them for the future.

For Time Has Fallen Asleep in the Afternoon Sunshine a group of local non-professional performers have memorized a book of their choice. Together they form a library collection consisting of ‘living books’. You are invited to make a half-hour appointment with a ‘book’, over the course of which you will experience a one-one-one recital.

How To Book

There are eight different books that can be experienced as part of Time Has Fallen Asleep In The Afternoon Sunshine. When buying tickets for multiple performances on the same day, please bear in mind that all performances run for a minimum of twenty minutes and can be extended for up to an hour. To see the schedule for each of the books and to buy tickets, please click on the links below.

I am a Cat by Soseki Natsume | Bartleby The Scrivener by Herman Melville | Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson | (Un)arranged Marriage by Bali Rai | Aesop’s Fables | The Trial by Franz Kafka | Oscar Wilde’s Short Stories | Crash by J G Ballard



“How subversive it feels in the traditional quiet of the library to have the silence broken by the books themselves. […] It makes you look at books as living things, and is a good reminder that when you learn a book by heart, it is not just a feat of memory, but an act of love.”
The Guardian

Date Time Venue Notes Prices Booking

Birmingham Central Library

  • Address: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3HQ

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