I am a film reviewer for TAKE ONE magazine and regularly write about cinema and culture for various publications. TAKE ONE specialises in arthouse and festival cinema and I have covered various film festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, the Glasgow Film Festival, and the BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival.

My writing on librarianship and digital culture covers a range of librarianship issues. I specialise in critical approaches to systems librarianship and library practice with a particular focus on advocating use of open-source systems in education.

My fiction has been published in various art publications and in New Scientist as the winner of their 2009 flash fiction competition.

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on culture

My film reviews can be found on TAKE ONE‘s website. Older reviews and other writings on culture are available on Medium.

selected film reviews:

Bowie, S., 2020. ‘Possessor’, TAKE ONE, 24th October 2020 <http://takeonecinema.net/2020/possessor/>

Bowie, S., 2020. ‘Relic’, TAKE ONE, 9th October 2020 <http://takeonecinema.net/2020/relic/>

Bowie, S., 2020. ‘What Did Jack Do?’, TAKE ONE, 23rd January 2020 <http://takeonecinema.net/2020/what-did-jack-do/>

Bowie, S., 2019. ‘Monos’, TAKE ONE, 11th October 2019 <http://takeonecinema.net/2019/monos/>

Bowie, S., 2019. ‘The Farewell’, TAKE ONE, 4th October 2019 <http://takeonecinema.net/2019/the-farewell/>

Bowie, S., 2019. ‘Bait (2019)’, Medium, 10th September 2019 <https://medium.com/@SimonXIX/bait-2019-2cbf72857ee3>

essays and articles:

Bowie, S., 2020. New Sincerity, the Weird, and the post-ironic turn in contemporary indie video games. MA dissertation. Birkbeck, University of London <https://doi.org/10.17613/5SJE-W447>

Bowie, S., 2020. ‘Grey Matters: Black and White Re-releases’, TAKE ONE, 31 July 2020 <http://takeonecinema.net/2020/grey-matters-black-and-white-re-releases/>

Bowie, S., 2019. ‘the misattribution of David Lynch and the categorisation of the weird’, Medium, 18th January 2019 <https://medium.com/@SimonXIX/the-misattribution-of-david-lynch-and-the-categorisation-of-the-weird-a13f0149bdda>

Barron, S., 2011, ‘Lost in Paradise: the Total Library as mirror of reality’, Panlibus Magazine, no. 22.

Barron, S., 2011, ‘The Man Who Described the Universe’, The British Wittgenstein Society.

Barron, S., 2011. ‘Google can’t be trusted with our books’, The Guardian’s Comment is Free, 26th April 2011 <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/apr/26/google-books-videos>

Barron, S., 2010. ‘Borrowing ebooks beyond a library’s walls’, The Guardian’s Comment is Free, 7th November 2010 <http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2010/nov/07/ebooks-library-borrowing>

on librarianship

My writing on librarianship is available at https://simonxix.wordpress.com/posts.

book chapters:

Barron, S., & Preater, A., 2018, ‘Critical systems librarianship’, in K. P. Nicholson & M. Seale (eds.), The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship, Library Juice Press: Sacramento, CA, 2018, pp. 87–113. <http://eprints.rclis.org/32467/>

Larose, K., & Barron, S., 2017, ‘How white is your UX practice?: inclusion and diversity in critical UX research’, in A. Priestner (eds.), User experience in libraries: yearbook 2017, UX in Libraries: Cambridge, 2017, pp. 23–33. <http://eprints.rclis.org/32461/>

Schneider, L., & Barron, S., 2015, ‘The hybrid librarian/systems specialist’, in K. Schopflin (eds.), A handbook for corporate information professionals, Facet Publishing: London, 2015, pp. 45–56.


Sanders, K., & Bowie, S., 2020, ‘Open or Ajar? Openness within the Neoliberal Academy’, Preprints <https://dx.doi.org/10.20944/preprints202001.0240.v1>

Barron, S., Clark, I., McDonald, S., Jones, R., & Smith, L., 2017, ‘Radical Librarians Collective Gathering 2016, Brighton’, Journal of radical librarianship, vol. 3, pp. 4–13 <https://journal.radicallibrarianship.org/index.php/journal/article/view/19>

Barron, S., 2015, ‘Implementing Kuali OLE at SOAS Library’, Ariadne, no. 74 <http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue74/barron>

Barron, S., 2015, ‘A radical publishing collective: the Journal of Radical Librarianship’, In the library with the lead pipe <http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2015/a-radical-publishing-collective-the-journal-of-radical-librarianship/>

Barron, S., 2013, ‘Rise of the cyborgs: the growth of librarian-IT hybrids’ in Cilip Umbrella Conference 2013 Conference Proceedings, Cilip: London, 2013 <https://archive.cilip.org.uk/sites/default/files/Beyond%20Information%20Matters%20-%20Simon%20Barron.pdf>

Barron, S., 2013, ‘Social cataloguing: a discussion on LibraryThing and Goodreads’, Catalogue & Index, no. 171, June 2013, pp. 36–40 <https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.cilip.org.uk/resource/collection/F71F19C3-49CF-462D-8165-B07967EE07F0/Catalogue_and_Index_issue_171,_June_2013.pdf>

‘Five go to Chicago’ in CILIP Update, 2012-11.

Barron, S. 2011, ‘Why we need a UK National Digital Library’, CILIP Update, March 2011, pp. 34–35.

Barron, S., 2011, ‘A social-networking success story’, ORG Zine, 9th February 2011 <https://zine.openrightsgroup.org/comment/2011/a-social-networking-success-story>


‘Foreword to Volume 421’ in Perigee: Publication for the Arts, no. 28.

‘Eduard Aster and the Möbius Play’ in blankpages, no. 21.

‘Last Orders’ in First Edition Magazine, no. 10.

‘Body Search’ in New Scientist 2739 – winner of the New Scientist flash fiction competition judged by Stephen Baxter.