English and Drama blog

06 May 2020

Discovering Literature: a Q&A

A Q&A with Andrea Varney, National Outreach Manager in the Digital Learning Team, about the Library's Discovering Literature Web Resource. Discovering Literature brings to life the social, political and cultural context in which key works of literature were written. Enjoy digitised treasures from our collection, newly commissioned articles, short documentary films and teachers’ notes. For updates on Discovering Literature, and the other ways in which the Library engages with learners of all ages, follow @BL_Learning on Twitter.

Hi Andrea, thanks for speaking to us. I know you're really busy at the moment as the Library moves towards a greater emphasis on our digital content. The work that Discovering Literature is doing to help to bring learning materials to our audiences remotely is more important than ever.

We’ve featured some highlights from the Library’s digitised manuscripts portal in the past few weeks. How do you see Discovering Literature as different from these kinds of digitisation projects?

Hi Callum, it's been busy but I'm excited to let English and Drama Blog readers know about what Discovering Literature can do for them in these challenging times. Discovering Literature was created by the British Library’s Learning team, so it’s carefully shaped for teachers and secondary English and Drama students, as well as book-lovers across the world. We’ve put digitised treasures at the heart of our project, but we aim to bring them together in rich and surprising ways that resonate with young people.