Human Library Returns to Plymouth Respect Festival

The worldwide phenomenon returns to Plymouth with another chance to borrow an open Book and explore diverse experiences. The free event is part of Plymouth Respect Festival and will take place at Theatre Royal Plymouth 12pm – 4pm on Saturday 9th July 2022.

The Human Library publishes people as open Books on topics from race and religion to disability and mental health, and many other aspects of being human. Readers are invited to choose a Book by their title and explore their lived experiences by asking the questions they may have never had the opportunity, or never dared, to ask.

This will be the biggest in-person Human Library event that has taken place in Plymouth, following the success of the online Human Library for Respect Festival 2021 and pop-up event at Buddha Hut in April.

“An experience like this is so simple yet so essential in understanding what it means to be human.” – Reader Review

“The books were brilliant. They provided really insightful and helpful discussions about some interesting topics. They made me feel at ease discussing some very intense subjects.” – Reader Review

Plymouth Human Library is being organised by Carmel Lawless, Plymouth resident and Book, with Katy Jon Went, Human Library UK Coordinator, who has organised more than 100 Human Library events and has been Published under the titles of Ex-missionary, Transgender, Bipolar, and Suicide survivor.

Katy Jon Went: “We are looking forward to a Human Library at Respect Festival again – this time in person and not online. Delivering a pop up Human Library Book Café recently in Plymouth showed us the appetite for safe courageous conversations with people who may appear as different, and as an inclusive way of building community and respecting diversity”

The event is free and open to all. Drop-in any time between 12pm – 4pm.

For more information search ‘Human Library at Plymouth Respect Festival’ on Facebook or email

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