Tickets for the Afterlife 

Tickets for the Afterlife is a collaborative research project between Kirklees, Newcastle and Redbridge Libraries and the University of Northumbria. This 18 month project explores the concept of Death Positive Libraries, using libraries as safe and trusted spaces to start supportive conversations about death, dying and loss.

The project is funded by the Carnegie UK Trust, Wellcome and the Wolfson Foundation through the Engaging Libraries Phase 2 programme.

If you’d like to find out more, visit our dedicated Facebook & Instagram pages: 


Online Death Reading Group

The Covid-19 climate has prompted us all to think a bit more about death – whether it is concern for loved ones, for ourselves, or just the more general immediacy of mortality. One way to navigate this environment and confront these concerns is through reading. Kirklees, Redbridge and Newcastle Libraries are collaborating to host an Online Death Reading Group – each month we will read a particular book themed around death, and offer our responses to the group.

This is not a bereavement counselling session, but it is an opportunity to reflect on, and think about, what mortality means for us all. Bring tea, cake and a comfy chair!

We have already hosted some wonderful authors, click on the links below to catch up on previous events:

Kate Mayfield

Kevin Toolis

Kathryn Mannix

On 9th September, John Troyer joins us for the September event where he will read from and talk about his latest bestseller, ‘Technologies of the Human Corpse’ followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Dr Claire Nally from Northumbria University. Find out more and book your place here.


Curated eBook Collection

We have been curating a collection of eBooks which can be found here.

The titles cover the topic of death, dying and grief. There are fiction and non-fiction books as well as titles to share with children. The collection is thought provoking and will support, soothe and provoke.


Book List

We have also put together a wider book list around the topic which you can view here. Please be aware that not all of these titles will be available as eBooks through Kirklees Libraries.


Support List

Support websites for death, dying and bereavement can be found here.