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Booked at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

Jenny Davell

A low-ceiling tunnel lined with books leads you into a strange new world, where the smell of books is distinctively comforting, yet the view is startling.

Booked at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre

Books influence almost every aspect of human life and "Fully Booked" explores this through its creative display. The free exhibition, at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, is the brain-child of Gayna Pelham, whose own love of books has inspired her to construct an environment where one can engage with literature in several different ways.

Books cover the floors in no particular order, directing viewers' shoe-less feet to sitting areas in which any of the books can be read. At the back of the exhibition, you are encouraged to break all unspoken rules and destroy books. This deconstruction is an altering of books, through the ripping of pages or illustrating them, helping viewers see books as not only a piece of writing, but also as art forms.

By interacting directly and intimately with the books, you become a part of the exhibit. Visitors are encouraged to purchase books by donation or at three per pound. A final sale will take place the last week of the exhibition, which ends on 27 October. All proceeds will fund the Novas Group's project to combat homelessness.

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