Theatre Company Les Enfants Terribles have brought sound, theatrical design and storytelling to Blickling Estate in Norfolk to examine the importance of books, and prompt debate about the threat posed to them and their place in a changing world.
The Word Defiant! is a series of installations throughout the Jacobean mansion and out to the garden Temple that reveals stories of books that have been banned, burned, redacted, drowned, neglected and superseded, with each linked to the theme of books under threat.
The inspiration for the installations comes from the books in Blickling’s own library which is currently undergoing a comprehensive five year conservation programme to ensure its survival, after being plagued by damp and death watch beetle for some years.
This project is part of Trust New Art, a programme of contemporary arts at Trust places which began in 2009 in partnership with Arts Council England.