Literature, music and the arts

Free quality literature, music and the arts websites selected by our information professionals. ​

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Reading guides

Booktrust Bookfinder
Fantastic fiction

​Bibliographies for over 40,000 authors and information on over 500,000 books.

National Literacy Trust: free resources for parents and families

​Support your child's reading development from birth to age 11 with tips and free resources from the National Literacy Trust:

Newbooks

​Reading guides and reviews for readers groups and readers.

Project Gutenberg

​Project Gutenberg provides free access to over 56,000 e-books, including classics whose copyright has expired.

Reading Agency: find a read
Seeing Ear

​Registered charity that aims to assist in education and recreation for blind and visually impaired people through the provision of books in accessible electronic formats.

Ukraine Unlimited Learning

Free learning platform app for Ukrainian students and teachers, with 3,000 e-book and e-audiobooks, including 1,700 Ukranian titles and 500 in English, for both adults and children.

What Should I Read Next?

​Database of readers' favourite books to provide book recommendations and suggestions for what to read next.

Whichbook
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Literary organisations

Bookshop.org

​Bookshop.org is an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

Booktrust

​Reading and writing charity, which gives millions of books away to children and offers support to readers and writers.

Independent Publishers Guild

​Gives independent publishers the support they need to get the most out of publishing and keep their businesses growing.

National Literacy Trust

​National charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the United Kingdom.

Poetry society

​Aims to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry.

Publishers association

​Trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK.

Reading agency

​Charity organisation, which runs creative programmes to help people feel inspired and confident about reading.

Writers' guild

​Trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games.

Writing East Midlands

​Supports,promotes and champions writing from the East Midlands.

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Arts and performing arts organisations

64 Million Artists

​National campaign to unlock the potential of everyone in the UK through creativity.

Arts Council England

​Champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives.

British Film Institute

​Promotes greater understanding  and appreciation of film and moving image culture in the United Kingdom.

Corby Community Arts

​Encouraging community development  through active participation in the arts.

Department For Culture, Media and Sport: arts and culture

​Working to support the arts community to give access to all, improve wellbeing in the UK and boost the UK’s economy.

Equity

​Trade union for actors.

Federation of British Artists

​Consists of nine of the UK’s leading art societies.

Into Film

​Organisation established by leading film education charities First Light and FILMCLUB to inspire young people aged 5-19 across the UK to learn through and about film.

Musicians Union

Represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

National Operatic and Dramatic Association

​Provide leadership and advice for amateur societies and individuals.

Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT)

​Supports music education in Northamptonshire.

One Dance UK

​National voice for the dance profession.

Spotlight: contacts

​Database of businesses involved with the performance industry from agents to set designers

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