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Industry Insider – The Human Library Reader’s Corner

18 November @ 11:00 - 13:00 GMT

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“The Human Library publishes people as open books to challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.” – Ronni Abergel, founder (Denmark, 2000)

Book your place at the Human Library Readers’ Corner where you can talk to a human ‘book’ and have a comfortable and curious dialogue about often uncomfortable topics.

Human Library books are drawn from the groups in society that are stigmatised or stereotyped, marginalised, mistreated or misunderstood, from race to religion or refugees, disability to discrimination, LGBT to mental health and more.

Join us to have a chat with a ‘book’ (all questions are welcome without judgement) or just learn about the concept and perhaps get involved.


What will this session cover?

This Human Library event is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. This event will enable you to meet real people in a safe space and ask curious and difficult questions. The Human Library is a Danish concept, founded in 2000 and now available in more than 80 countries in person and online.



  • Introduction by SoA host (5 min)
  • Human Library welcome and introduction (10 min)
  • Introduction to the practicalities and mechanics of the session (5 min)
  • Distribute readers and then ‘books’ into the breakout rooms (5 min)
  • First reading (30 min)
  • Redistribution of books to new breakout rooms (5 min)
  • Second reading (30 minutes)
  • Closing remarks and Reader Review (20 min)



Send us your questions in advance 

If you have queries about this event or specific ‘subjects’ you would like to discuss with a ‘book’, please email aganley@societyofauthors.org with ‘Human Library’ in the subject header.


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About the Human Library

The Human Library Organisation is a registered international not-for-profit with their administrative headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are dedicated to ensuring a global implementation of the Human Library as a learning platform. They currently operate in six continents and host or are involved in activities in more than 80 countries. They work with some of the largest brands in the world, helping them with their diversity and inclusion efforts.



London Human Library Book Café at Society of Authors

Hosted by Human Library UK and Human Library Organization


The first in-person London Human Library Book Café event is happening on Sunday, 21st November!

This new format of smaller pop-up conversation cafes invites you to grab a hot drink, take out a Human Book and have a comfortable dialogue about often uncomfortable topics. Our Books are drawn from the groups in society that are stigmatised or stereotyped, marginalised, mistreated or misunderstood, from race to religion or refugees, disability to discrimination, LGBT to mental health and more.

Come along and have a chat with an open Book – all questions are welcome without judgement. It is free of charge, and we hope you can join us. Find out more



Book your place using the registration form below.

As places are limited, this is a member-only event and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

SoA Members: FREE

We anticipate that we will be running a waiting list for this event. Therefore, if you secure a place but can no longer attend, please let us know so that we can reallocate your space.


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18 November
11:00 - 13:00 GMT
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Anna Ganley