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Library Lates: Yesterday’s Tomorrow!

Fri 24 Nov 2023


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18+ only




7.30pm - 11pm

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Library Lates: Yesterday’s Tomorrow!

Join Exeter Library for their next instalment of Library Lates: A cultural takeover of the Library, with some for everyone! Featuring some scintillating sci-fi writing, silly robot making, cosmic comedy from Will Adamsdale, music from Hally Kelly & a feature set from Barcelona street-music trio Kid Hyena. Plus your very own personal poet Harula Ladd, and (as ever) a Silent Disco that’s out of this world. Drinks from Bar Nova. Retro Arcade Games. And loads more acts & activities!

Come along, grab a drink, and slap on your silver jumpsuit*, as you boldly go where no library-goer has gone before.

(*You don’t have to dress up, but the best retrofuturistic look will win a prize! )

18+ only. See below for our otherworldly line-up, times & details.

KID HYENA / 21:45 – 22:30 /

A Musical Culture Clash formed on the backstreets of Barcelona now based in the UK! Featuring the Urban Folk sonics of Foot Stompin’ Sing Along Tunes, Fiery Percussion, Tap Dance Beats, Double Bass & a whole load of Positive Vibes!

HALLY KELLY / 19:45 – 20:30 + 21:00 – 21:20 /

Hally Kelly is a music producer, performance artist and extra terrestrial being based in Bristol. She uses synth, sampling, live looping and vocals to create psychedelic electronic music and experimental sound works.

SILENT DISCO / 19:30 – 21:00 + 22:30 – 23:00

In space no-one can hear your beats! Come along for a silent disco that’s out of this world. Our in-house DJs will transport you across the cosmos with some absolute pop bangers, cheesy tunes and space-themed sound.

YOUR OWN PERSONAL POET (various times)

Enter the capsule of Harula Ladd. A poet floating through space armed with nothing but her typewriter, a plasma gun and bags of creativity. Over the night Harula will be typing up personalized on-the-spot poems. Just sign up for a slot, feed her some inspiration, and hey presto – your very own poem!

WILL ADAMSDALE / 21:20 – 21:45

Comedy & songs from the Perrier Award winning Will Adamsdale. Bewildering, brilliant and utterly endearing. “As hilarious and provocative as ever.” – The Guardian “As funny as it is wonderfully weird… remarkable for both its sheer inventiveness and its perfect pitch” – New York Times


Plus 2 supporting slots from 2 incredible local artists!

CC is a Singer/Songwriter based in Exeter. She is a full-time Music Performance student. Rosie has always had a passion for music from performing on the West End and music festivals, she is now focusing on growing her online and performance portfolio.

ROBOT WARS! / 19:30 – 21:20

Join us for a crafty, creative Robot Wars! led by Devon-based artist, Emma Baskeyfield (theatre maker and puppeteer, who loves to craft fun things for onstage and off! ) Using nothing but recycled materials, a bit of glitter and a lot of love, you can create your very own Robotnik Buddy! At the end of the night, your robots will battle it out (by way of a vote) to find the most gorgeous cyborg, or the most adroit droid. Only the hottest bot will win!


Have a go at writing your own deliberately bad sci-fi themed erotic fiction, with award-winning writer and Plymouth Laureate of Words Laura Horton. Laura will navigate you through a world of cringe encounters, creeping tentacles, and bad sex writing, with prompts and exercises. You’ll do some of your own writing – be it a short story, a poem or a play. And you’ll have the chance to have your own filth read live onstage.


  • Space Invaders on the big screen!
  • Retro sci-fi board games!
  • VR headsets
  • An interactive exhibition from the Exeter Science Centre

This event starts at 7.30pm with various activities throughout the evening (check above for timings and details).

The doors will open at 7.15pm, and the Library will not be accessible before this.

Please note, this is an 18+ event. Please also note that tickets are non-refundable.


This event is an external hire

*Subject to a £1.50 ticketing system charge. We don’t charge this to make a profit. Find out more >>

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