The Libraries in Bedford and Luton have a substantial collection of DVDs that related to the study of literature and the performing arts. The collection includes many feature film releases as well as Art-house films. There is a range of filmed adaptations of plays and novels, such as Kenneth Branagh's Henry V and The Sheltering Sky directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.
All audio-visual materials are available on 7-day loan. DVDs are located on the first floor of Polhill Library.
Online Audio-Visual Resources
The following electronic resources are available to you and are accessible either on or off campus (using your student ID number and library password):
- Archival Sound Recordings - A British Library resource that contains 12,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments. Students interested in African literature can access the "African Writers' Club", which contains over 250 hours of audio material dealing with African literature and culture.
- Screenonline – This website, produced by the British Film Institute, is a useful resource for students interested in film studies. The site includes a range of video clips from British film and television, and also provides an Encyclopaedia of British Film. It also includes searchable biographies of individuals involved in the film and television industry, as well as audio and video clips of interviews with many of these personalities.
It is often interesting and rewarding to hear literary texts being read aloud. There are a wide range of freely available audio versions of famous books on YouTube which are worth checking out. Not all the narrators of these books are professional actors. You should also look to see if the audio-book is an abridged version or the full-text.
It is possible to access a range of electronic books and audio-books from the public library service in Bedfordshire. These audio-books can be downloaded onto mobile devices such as smart-phones and tablets so can be enjoyed on the move. The collection includes a range of classic texts, and contemporary fiction and non-fiction. Guidance for accessing the Bedfordshire Libraries e-audio collection is available here.
It can be useful to hear shorter bits of text being read aloud. This could apply to words that you have written yourself, or short poems and prose created by other writers. The NaturalReader website offers a freely available and simple to use interface which allows you to paste in the text that you wish to be read aloud. The settings can be adjusted to allow the text to be read out in a number of different accents and at different speeds. You may find it necessary to adjust the punctuation of the text to allow the automated reader to enunciate the words clearly.
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