Roly Keating

Roly Keating has been Chief Executive of the British Library since September 2012.

In his tenure so far, he has overseen a series of significant developments such as the historic move to large-scale digital collecting through legal deposit, the Library’s successful and popular 800th anniversary commemorations of Magna Carta, the creation of a national network of Business and IP Centres in major regional libraries and the launch in 2015 of Living Knowledge, which sets out an ambitious vision and strategy for the Library’s growth and development towards its 50th anniversary in 2023. Keating joined the Library after a long and successful career as a programme-maker and broadcasting executive at the BBC.


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A two-day taster of ‘the greatest literary show on Earth’
09 & 10 June
A packed programme of talks and performances animate four venues at the Library, celebrating South Asia’s literary heritage, oral and performing arts, books and ideas. Speakers confirmed so far include William Dalrymple, Meghnad Desai, Paulo Lemos Horta, Suki Kim, Ashis Ray, Suhel Seth, Preti Taneja and Shashi Tharoor.
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