The Lost Lending Library, Punchdrunk Enrichment’s immersive family experience set in a magical traveling library, makes its first visit to the Edinburgh International Festival from 3 – 27 August.
A feast for young imaginations and a celebration of books and the journeys they take us on, The Lost Lending Library is suitable for schools and family audiences with children aged 6-11 years of age. The family production, previously seen as part of the Coventry City of Culture 2021, at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in London, unlocks a world of creative storytelling encouraging children to develop a love of reading that will last a lifetime.
At 314 floors high and with 78 spiral-side departments, The Lost Lending Library houses the largest collection of books in the world, and visitors are invited to explore one of its many departments. Books of all sizes and colours are crammed together on its shelves, stories bursting into life from their covers. Look carefully and you might see a tree growing out of a book, and paper birds taking flight from the pages.
The Lost Lending Library travels from place to place for a very special reason. It goes where it knows it can find the most precious stories – those written by young people with great imaginations.
However, one department is in need of new stories. Can the audience help?
Past visitors to the library have enthused about the sheer excitement, awe, and wonder the experience has produced in young audiences giving them the confidence to write and tell their own stories.