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The Marvel Universe, Libraries today, Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock

Superheroes assemble in Marvel's latest, Avengers: Infinity War, the role of libraries with Salley Vickers and Mik Scarlet, plus musicians Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock.

Avengers: Infinity War is released in cinemas today. Fans have been counting the days until the film's release, but what does this ambitious high-budget offering reveal about the state of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe? Mik Scarlet and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh consider the bigger picture.

At a time when many libraries across the UK are facing an uncertain future, Salley Vickers has gone back to the 1950s for her new novel The Librarian. Salley, and Peter Gaw who runs Nottinghamshire's libraries, consider how the role of the library has changed and adapted to a modern world, and the challenge they face today.

Two Welsh musicians - singer Kizzy Crawford and pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock - perform from their new album Cân Yr Adar, or Birdsong. They talk about their collaboration, which also involves Sinfonia Cymru, and how they were inspired by the landscape and wildlife of Carngafallt, the nature reserve in mid-Wales, known as the Celtic rainforest.

Presenter Stig Abell
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • The Marvel Universe

    Duration: 08:38

  • Libraries today

    Duration: 08:14

  • Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock

    Duration: 07:33

The Marvel Universe

The Marvel Universe

Avengers: Infinity War certificate 12A is in UK cinemas from 27 April 2018.


Main image above: Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Infinity War

Image to the left: Doctor Strange/Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Wong (Benedict Wong) in Avengers: Infinity War

Images credit: Marvel Studios 2018

Libraries today

Libraries today

The Librarian by Salley Vickers is out now in hardback and as an eBook. 

Image: Salley Vickers

Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock

Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock

Kizzy Crawford and Gwilym Simcock's album, Birdsong/Can Yr Adar is out now.


Image: Gwilym Simcock (Left) and Kizzy Crawford performing on stage

Image credit: Warren Orchard


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Mik Scarlet
Interviewed Guest Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Interviewed Guest Salley Vickers
Interviewed Guest Peter Gaw
Interviewed Guest Kizzy Crawford
Interviewed Guest Gwilym Simcock
Performer Kizzy Crawford
Performer Gwilym Simcock
Producer Jerome Weatherald


  • Fri 27 Apr 2018 19:15



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