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Inspiration gallery

The BBC Young Writers' Award with First Story and Cambridge University

The items in the inspiration gallery cover a variety of times, places, authors and subjects. Some are objects which can be seen in 3D; others are a single image. Several of the books and manuscripts have been digitised in the Cambridge Digital Library and you will be able to read these from cover to cover.

If you want to know more about the things you see here, check for the ‘Extended captions’ tab and for links to content elsewhere on the Library’s web pages. You might find a detailed description of the item, a translation of a text, or a blog with lots more examples. Where the object has been in an exhibition before, follow the link provided so you can explore further around the subject.

Maybe one day your story will be in this library and on display to inspire the authors of the future. We wish you the best of luck!