Endangered Alphabets


Endangered Alphabets

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 Sunday 24 September 2023


 At the Weston Library

 Free, booking required for the talk only

About the event

Join us at the Weston Library for a talk and creative activities exploring silent alphabets and their effect on the stories we tell.

Alphabets and hidden stories: Tim Brookes and Sam Winston in conversation

12pm – 1pm, Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre

Join Tim Brookes, founder of The Endangered Alphabets Project, and Sam Winston, artist and author, as they discuss their work and explore the playful nature of language and letterform. The talk will consider writing as art, endangered alphabets and linguistic rights today.

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Drop-in activities

11.30am – 3pm, Blackwell Hall

Discover alphabets from around the world with creative activities including LEGO printing, the Long-Lost Letter Hunt, storytelling, mark-making, stamping and even alphabet Sudoku.


Tim Brookes was born in London and educated at Oxford. He now lives in the United States, where he founded the Endangered Alphabets Project and is the author of 17 books including Endangered Alphabets and Writing Beyond Writing.

Sam Winston’s practice is concerned with language both as a carrier of messages and a visual artform in itself. Initially known for his typography he employs a variety of different approaches including drawing, performance and poetry. Tate, British Library, Library of Congress and Getty Museum, among others, hold his artist’s books in their collections. His first mass-market book with Oliver Jeffers was on the New York Times Bestseller list and has been translated into 23 languages.

 Booking information

Booking is only required for the talk in the Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre. When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.


This event is held in Blackwell Hall and the Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre at the Weston Library. 

Blackwell Hall, Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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