The known soldier

I am the known soldier.

Not for me, the bowed heads of politicians,

The lowered flags,

The plaintive lament of the bugler.

I have people who grieve for me,

A mother’s tears water

the wilting flowers on my grave.

I have a father, brothers, sisters

To drape my portrait in black.

 

I am the known soldier.

I have a previous history,

A CV of patriotic tales,

Insecure employment or joblessness.

I walked through a land

Blasted by broken promises

And donned my uniform and webbing.

I arrived amid dust and heat

And politicians’ bombast

In a distant, foreign land.

 

I am the known soldier.

My country was my comrades,

My patriotism the brother who had my back,

My nation a mean bed, sangars,

Transports, roaring Chinooks.

My legacy is the blood sacrifice

I made on Helmand soil,

The flesh the shrapnel tore,

The bone the jagged metal broke,

The skin the fires crisped.

 

I am the known soldier.

They chisel my name in stone,

But they never mark my pain

Or the sting of loss in a loved one’s eye.

So not for me pro patria mori.

Not for me the snap of the flag,

Not for me this parcel of death

To be weighed in the generals’ scales,

Not for me the drumbeat to another war.

I am the known soldier.

My dust and ash screams this knowledge,

That no war is worth a world without me.

 

 

Questions to the authors

One of my books is shortlisted for the Grampian Book Award.

Some of the school students have asked the shortlisted authors to answer some questions. Here are my answers:

To Robbie: “Absolutely. Among adults, there are the Brontes, John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Richard Wright, Stephen King, Maya Angelou, Bali Rai, Malorie Blackman, Alex Wheatle, Robert Louis Stephenson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ralph Ellison, Robert Cormier, Robert Swindells and Robert Westall.

To Lewis: “Stop writing! Do something different. Go for a walk, listen to music, have a meal with friends and family, anything to take your mind off writing.”

To Cameron: “I suppose it is the hope that one day I will write something really special. Plus I have to earn a living.”

To Elisabeth: “I am a full time writer, but book sales alone wouldn’t earn me a living so I do a lot of lecturing in schools and colleges.”

Mrs McLean: “Can I have a few? The greatest picture book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. The greatest adventure book is Treasure Island. The most heartwarming book is Danny the Champion of the World. The greatest Young Adult book is The Chocolate War. I love The Borrowers, The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark, The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt too.”

 

Why marches like this weekend’s NHS rally are worth it

Some people will have seen Owen Smith MP’s tweet that said the NHS march was pointless and only legislation matters. It is a ludicrous point of view and smacks of the deepest social conservatism. It is easy to point to the mass agitation that led to votes in general and votes for women in particular as an example of how movements outside parliament led to reform within. The Ford women’s equal pay strike is another obvious example, paving the way for the 1974 Act.
The story of the birth of the NHS is also one that indicates social change does not just come about because a group of wise legislators wills it. Liberal voices for health care provision were strengthened when hundreds of thousands of maimed servicemen returned home from the First World War. Both within the Labour and Liberal parties, there were campaigns to develop better health care. Even the then Liberal Winston Churchill talked about reform.
The Socialist Medical Association was founded in 1930 to pursue the aim of a National Health Service. Rationing and the war economy in the Second World War changed attitudes to health care and rationing helped change attitudes to the state being involved. The 1941 report by the Liberal Beveridge identified the Five Giant Evils: Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. These summarised social inequalities targeted previously by the tenants’ movements and unemployed marches of the 1930s.
This finally led to the NHS Act 1946 and in1948 the founding of the NHS itself. The two men most identified with this were Aneurin Bevan from mining stock in South Wales, briefly expelled for links with the Communist Party’s Popular Front and Clement Attlee who had worked in poor districts of East London. This history shows an intimate link between agitation, political organisation, historic events and legislation. As a South Wales MP, you would think Mr Smith might know some of this.

Libraries round up

 

Border Telegraph : 11 March

Newspaper move not a matter for council, says leader

http://www.bordertelegraph.com/news/15148734.Newspaper_move_not_a_matter_for_council__says_leader/

 

 

Ledbury Reporter : 12 March

Dutch visitors offer inspiration for Hereford Library

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15151046.Dutch_visitors_offer_inspiration_for_city_library/

 

 

The Gazette : 12 March

Funding boost means green light for £5m High Street library

http://www.the-gazette.co.uk/news/15150930.Funding_boost_means_green_light_for___5m_High_Street_library/

 

The Guardian : 7 March

Councils are facing bankruptcy – is this the end of public service?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/06/councils-local-authorities-bankruptcy-public-service

 

 

Huddersfield Examiner : 7 March

Kirklees: Developer offers new library for Mirfield – if he can turn old one into an upmarket restaurant 

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/developer-offers-new-library-mirfield-12700276

 

 

Craven Herald : 7 March

North Yorkshire | Bentham library to get new home

The library is to move and be taken under the wing of a community charity from April, run by a team of volunteers.

http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/15137977.Bentham_library_to_get_new_home/

 

 

The Press : 7 March

York | Haxby library plan

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15136599.Haxby_library_plan/

 

 

Bradford Telegraph : 7 March

Management committee formed as Silsden Library becomes community-run facility

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15137553.Management_committee_formed_as_Silsden_Library_becomes_community_run_facility/

 

 

Milngavie Herald : 7 March

East Dunbartonshire | New Bearsden Hub is officially opened today

Putting a range of council services under one roof, including the ‘re-provisioning’ of the library

http://www.milngavieherald.co.uk/news/new-bearsden-hub-is-officially-opened-today-1-4385391

 

 

Daily Record : 7 March

West Dunbartonshire | library reopens after £100k revamp

‘The facility has seen a massive overhaul and has now become the first of its kind outside Glasgow, offering free use of 12 computers to residents as well as complementary Wi-Fi.’

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/balloch-library-reopens-after-100k-9983348

 

 

Northern Echo : 7 March

Darlington Crown Street Library: Plans go back before councillors tonight ahead of final vote on closure

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15135557.Darlington_Crown_Street_Library__Plans_go_back_before_councillors_tonight_ahead_of_final_vote_on_closure/

 

 

The Jewish Chronicle : 7 March

Barnet | Kisharon opens new chapter by taking over Childs Hill Library

From April, learning disability charity Kisharon will be responsible for the running of the library in Cricklewood Lane, in association with Barnet Mencap.’ 

 

‘Kisharon’s mission is to help those with learning difficulties gain independence and lead fulfilling working lives. It creates job opportunities through partnerships with local businesses and it is hoped the library will offer further opportunities for clients to gain work experience and learn new skills.’

 

‘Councillor Reuben Thompstone, chair of Barnet’s Children, Education, Safeguarding and Libraries Committee, said:  “Community-run libraries are already working well across the UK. In Barnet, they will form a vital part of our strategy to keep all 14 of our libraries open.” ‘

https://www.thejc.com/community/community-news/kisharon-opens-new-chapter-by-taking-over-childs-hill-library-1.433922

 

 

Essex Live : 7 March

Writtle residents pitch pop-up cinema and jazz workshop among ideas for spare library space

Several residents come up with ideas to fill empty space in library left after post office relocated. Ideas include a food bank, a permanent chess club, a pop-up community cinema and a jazz club.  

http://www.essexlive.news/pop-up-cinema-jazz-workshop-writtle-residents-pitch-ideas-for-spare-library-space/story-30186723-detail/story.html

Plymouth Herald : 5 March

‘Read-in’ protest against plans to close Plymouth library

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/read-in-protest-against-plans-to-close-plymouth-library/story-30181294-detail/story.html

 

 

 

York Press : 5 March

£500,000 for Haxby Memorial Hall plans

The city council is planning to put £500,000 into redeveloping Haxby Memorial Hall, so the town’s library can move in.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15134989.__500_000_for_Haxby_Memorial_Hall_plans/

 

 

Newbury Today : 5 March

West Berkshire | Wash Common library set to close at the end of the month

http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/20811/wash-common-library-set-to-close-at-the-end-of-the-month.html

 

 

Bath Chronicle : 5 March

Confusion rife over the future of Bath central library

Council accused of changing the goalposts and consultation process is confusing with three different iterations, plus extending consultation period but  without notification. Was the consultation wording changed as a result of threat of legal action by campaigners? 

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/confusion-rife-over-the-future-of-bath-central-library/story-30180796-detail/story.html

 

 

Keighley News : 5 March

Bradford | Management committee formed as Silsden Library becomes community-run facility

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15134625.Management_committee_formed_as_Silsden_Library_becomes_community_run_facility/

Plymouth Herald : 3 March

People think Plymouth library closures plan is ‘a done deal’ 

Plymouth City Council bosses say they are disappointed with the take-up, which represents just 1.4 % of all library users, putting it down to “an element of apathy” and the perception that a decision has already been made.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/people-think-plymouth-library-closures-plan-is-a-done-deal/story-30177353-detail/story.html

 

Sheffield Telegraph : 4 March

Town Hall in the frame for new Central Library

http://www.sheffieldtelegraph.co.uk/news/town-hall-in-the-frame-for-new-central-library-1-8420622

 

 

BBC News : 4 March

Berkshire | Cash-strapped council closes Wash Common library 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-39165890

 

 

Ledbury Reporter : 4 March

North Herefordshire | Leintwardine Library bucks national trend to increase visitor numbers

http://www.ledburyreporter.co.uk/news/15134095.Leintwardine_Library_bucks_national_trend_to_increase_visitor_numbers/

 

 

Bath Chronicle : 4 March

LETTER: Bath Central Library study space is great – why not create more, better free spaces to work

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/library-study-space-is-a-great-place-to-work/story-30172520-detail/story.html

Round up

The Bookseller : 24 February

UK libraries ‘missing 25m books’

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/25m-books-missing-libraries-493916

 

 

North Devon Journal : 24 February

Devon library staff will see pay cut, some by more than 30 percent

http://www.northdevonjournal.co.uk/devon-library-staff-will-see-pay-cut-by-up-to-30-per-cent/story-30160604-detail/story.html

 

 

Bury Times : 24 February
Pensioners put up fight to save beloved Moorside Community Centre and Library, Bury

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/15116402.Pensioners_put_up_fight_to_save_beloved_library/

 

 

Fife Today : 24 February

We just want to start up new library service in Kinghorn

http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/we-just-want-to-start-up-new-library-service-in-kinghorn-1-4375589

 

 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus : 24 February

Public meeting over future of Burstall Community Centre and Library

Community interest company, called Birstall Community Holdings Limited, to take on the running of building, which includes Birstall Library and Community Centre, as an asset transfer from Kirklees Council. Plan is to then lease the library back to the Council to run.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15114125.Public_meeting_over_future_of_community_centre_and_library/

 

The Guardian : 22 February

Letter | Cuts that squeeze the life out of Liverpool

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/22/cuts-that-squeeze-the-life-out-of-liverpool

 

 

The Bookseller | 23 February

Government extends PLR to e-books and e-audiobooks

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/government-expands-plr-e-book-authors-493831

 

 

Plymouth Herald : 23 February

Library closures: council bosses answer your questions
Plans to close ten and improve remaining seven with fewer staff. Mention of ‘pop up’ libraries
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/library-closures-council-bosses-answer-your-questions/story-30157843-detail/story.html

 

 

Warrington Guardian : 23 February

Council bosses determined to ‘preserve and enhance’ library services despite austerity measures

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15109599.Council_bosses_determined_to____preserve_and_enhance____library_services_despite_austerity_measures/

 

 

Bolton News : 23 February
Bury | Hundreds sign petition to save Radcliffe Library from closure
http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/15112142.Hundreds_sign_petition_to_save_library_from_closure/

 

 

Essex Live : 23 February

Essex County Council asks residents for suggestions on how to make the most of Writtle Library

Includes call for volunteers to ‘  spend their time welcoming and supporting customers, dealing with stock and opening and closing the building.’

http://www.essexlive.news/essex-county-council-asks-residents-for-suggestions-on-how-to-make-the-most-of-writtle-library/story-30158744-detail/story.html

 

 

Leicester Mercury : 23 February

Protests as Leicester City Council votes to increase council tax and cut services
Unison said reserves and borrowing should be used to avert further cuts and protect services such as libraries and children’s centres which are under threat.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/protests-as-leicester-city-council-votes-to-increase-council-tax-and-cut-services/story-30157838-detail/story.html

 

 

The Guardian ; 23 February

25 million books are missing from UK libraries – but who’s counting?
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/23/25-million-books-missing-from-uk-libraries-national-audit

 

 

Ham & High : 23 February

‘Barmy’ Barnet libraries policy: Children set for World Book Day protest dressed as 1984 charactershttp://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/barmy_barnet_libraries_policy_children_set_for_world_book_day_protest_dressed_as_1984_characters_1_4903892

 

 

The Northern Echo : 23 February

Campaigners submit formal complaint to Darlington’s council over Crown Street Library error

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15113857.Campaigners_submit_formal_complaint_to_Darlington__39_s_council_over_Crown_Street_Library_error/

 

 

Burnham & Highbridge Weekly News : 23 February

Burnham-on-Sea library praised on BBC Radio 2 for its service
Listen to http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08f435l from 1:22:50 (not 1 min 22 secs in as stated in article)

http://www.burnhamandhighbridgeweeklynews.co.uk/news/15110658.Burnham_library_praised_on_BBC_Radio_2/

 

The Guardian : 21 February

Cologne library opens its doors to refugees: ‘You fill this room with life’
“German libraries have better adapted [that those in the UK] into dynamic spaces with a bent towards digital and community engagement as well as printed matter.”

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/21/cologne-library-opens-doors-refugees-you-fill-room-with-life

 

 

The Oxford Times : 21 February

Oxfordshire History Centre making a move back to revamped Westgate library

“We are also exploring whether other organisations may also want to be based at the Westgate library, to further increase footfall.”

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15105898.History_centre_making_a_move_to_revamped_Westgate_library/

 

 

The Northern Echo : 21 February

Council blunder leads to yet another delay of decision to close Darlington’s Crown Street Library

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15105369.Council_blunder_leads_to_yet_another_delay_of_contentious_decision_to_close_Darlington_s_Crown_Street_Library/

 

 

Express and Star : 21 February

Walsall Council cuts: Last-ditch fight to save Pheasey and Rushall libraries

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2017/02/21/walsall-council-cuts-last-ditch-fight-to-save-pheasey-and-rushall-libraries/

 

 

Dudley News : 21 February

New chapter for borough library services

GlLL to take over the running of all Dudley’s libraries

http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/15106909.New_chapter_for_borough_library_services/

 

 

Blackpool Gazette : 21 February

Lancashire | Hopes lifted as library team prepare for talks

Council preparing to talk to groups wishing to volunteer to run libraries

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/politics/hopes-lifted-as-library-team-prepare-for-talks-1-8400819

 

 

Chingford Times : 21 February

Waltham Forest | Thousands respond to controversial library service consultation launched by council

http://www.chingfordtimes.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107321

 

 

Plymouth Herald : 21 February

Library closures ‘not about money’ say council bosses

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/library-closures-not-about-money-say-council-bosses/story-30152268-detail/story.html

 

 

Chronicle Live : 21 February

Job losses, library closures and a council tax hike: What Gateshead’s budget means for you

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/job-losses-library-closures-council-12637154

 

 

Get Reading : 21 February

Two Reading libraries move and opening hours will be reduced
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-readers-see-library-opening-12618394

 

Labour List : 19 February

“UKIP’s politics of hate must be defeated, hatred will not save children’s centres” – Corbyn’s speech to Labour councillors

“This Tory government has willingly plunged our public services into a state of emergency.” 

“Tory cuts have led to the closure of more than 340 libraries – the places where we learn so much about the world.”

https://labourlist.org/2017/02/ukips-politics-of-hate-must-be-defeated-hatred-will-not-save-childrens-centres-corbyns-speech-to-councillors/

 

Bath Chronicle: 19 February

LETTER: Bath and North East Somerset Council’s arts cuts are a further blow to our equality

“It is time to realise that you can’t keep on cutting for ever for at some stage the whole system is going to collapse.”

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/letter-bath-and-north-east-somerset-council-s-arts-cuts-are-a-further-blow-to-our-equality/story-30138899-detail/story.html

 

Sky News : 20 February

More cuts to local services ahead despite tax rises, councils warn

Spending on libraries, leisure centres and potholes may be slashed further as councils try to cope with soaring social care costs.

http://news.sky.com/story/more-cuts-to-local-services-ahead-despite-tax-rises-councils-warn-10775017

 

 

Bradford Telegraph & Argus : 20 February

Yorkshire tourism chief calls on volunteers to save Bradford district’s information centres

Councillor suggests that a model that could work is similar to a lot of the libraries, with a paid coordinator, who is accountable, overseeing a group of volunteers.

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/15100684.Yorkshire_tourism_chief_calls_on_volunteers_to_save_Bradford_district_s_information_centres/

 

Brent and Kilburn Times ; 20 February

Alan Johnson MP in fundraiser for Kensal Rise Community Library

Fundraiser to raise further £40K needed to run volunteer-led library. £160K already raised

http://www.kilburntimes.co.uk/news/alan_johnson_mp_in_fundraiser_for_kensal_rise_community_library_1_4897449

 

Coventry Observer : 20 February

Coventry libraries, youth clubs and children’s centres face takeovers or closure

https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/coventry-libraries-youth-clubs-and-childrens-centres-face-takeovers-or-closure/

 

 

Cambridge News: 20 February

Supporters step up campaign to save Cambridge library`

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/supporters-step-up-campaign-save-12629464

 

The Guardian : 20 February

Four more Liverpool libraries face closure in fresh round of cuts

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/20/four-more-liverpool-libraries-face-closure-in-fresh-round-of-cuts

 

Keighley News : 20 February

Bradford | Volunteers come forward to take over Silsden Library

Plans falter as an accountable body to oversee volunteers willing to ‘staff’ the library is not forthcoming Steering group set up to address this.

http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/15104898.Volunteers_come_forward_to_take_over_Silsden_Library/

The Guardian : 21 February

Cologne library opens its doors to refugees: ‘You fill this room with life’

“German libraries have better adapted [that those in the UK] into dynamic spaces with a bent towards digital and community engagement as well as printed matter.”

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/feb/21/cologne-library-opens-doors-refugees-you-fill-room-with-life

 

 

The Oxford Times : 21 February

Oxfordshire History Centre making a move back to revamped Westgate library

“We are also exploring whether other organisations may also want to be based at the Westgate library, to further increase footfall.”

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15105898.History_centre_making_a_move_to_revamped_Westgate_library/

 

 

The Northern Echo : 21 February

Council blunder leads to yet another delay of decision to close Darlington’s Crown Street Library

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15105369.Council_blunder_leads_to_yet_another_delay_of_contentious_decision_to_close_Darlington_s_Crown_Street_Library/

 

 

Express and Star : 21 February

Walsall Council cuts: Last-ditch fight to save Pheasey and Rushall libraries

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2017/02/21/walsall-council-cuts-last-ditch-fight-to-save-pheasey-and-rushall-libraries/

 

 

Dudley News : 21 February

New chapter for borough library services

GlLL to take over the running of all Dudley’s libraries

http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/15106909.New_chapter_for_borough_library_services/

 

 

Blackpool Gazette : 21 February

Lancashire | Hopes lifted as library team prepare for talks

Council preparing to talk to groups wishing to volunteer to run libraries

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/politics/hopes-lifted-as-library-team-prepare-for-talks-1-8400819

 

 

Chingford Times : 21 February

Waltham Forest | Thousands respond to controversial library service consultation launched by council

http://www.chingfordtimes.co.uk/article.cfm?id=107321

 

 

Plymouth Herald : 21 February

Library closures ‘not about money’ say council bosses

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/library-closures-not-about-money-say-council-bosses/story-30152268-detail/story.html

 

 

Chronicle Live : 21 February

Job losses, library closures and a council tax hike: What Gateshead’s budget means for you

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/job-losses-library-closures-council-12637154

 

 

Get Reading : 21 February

Two Reading libraries move and opening hours will be reduced

http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-readers-see-library-opening-12618394

Kraft- right on!

Who’s the big monopoly
That’s dropped its promised takeover?
(Kraft)
You’re damn right
Who is the firm
That would sack a whole load of staff?
(Kraft)
Can ya dig it?
Who’s the cat that just opted out
36 hours after its opening shout
(Kraft!)
Right on
You see this cat Kraft is a bad mother

Shun the S*n

This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Lied about our dead,
Lied about heroes
Who came to their aid.

 

The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city
Lie and insult free.

 

This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Conspired,
Inspired twenty-seven years
Of hurt.

 

The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city
Lie and insult free.

 

 
This rag,
Murdoch and Mackenzie’s poisonous bag
Of untruth
Left the unvarnished truth,
The legal, undeniable truth
Off its front page,
Stirred renewed rage.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Don’t buy it,
Don’t sell it.
The Sun,
The squalid scum.
Make our city lie
And insult free.

 

Protest tomorrow, St George’s Hall, 12 noon.

Round up

Bath Chronicle : 15 February

Bath and North East Somerset Council WILL consult over Bath Central Library move

http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/bath-and-north-east-somerset-council-will-consult-over-bath-central-library-move/story-30139722-detail/story.html

 

Blackpool Gazette : 16 February

Library jobs under threat to save cash

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/news/library-jobs-under-threat-to-save-cash-1-8391896

 

 

Litchfield Live : 16 February
Councillor insists Litchfield library petition was based on “scare campaign of misinformation”

http://lichfieldlive.co.uk/2017/02/16/councillor-insists-lichfield-library-petition-was-based-on-scare-campaign-of-misinformation/

 

 

Spenborough Guardian : 16 February

Kirklees | LETTER: Libraries are vital and need to be protected

http://www.spenboroughguardian.co.uk/news/your-say/letter-libraries-are-vital-and-need-to-be-protected-1-8390732

Coventry Telegraph : 16 February

Coventry libraries to stay open another year as £2.4m council cuts announced

http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-libraries-stay-open-another-12614228

 

Liverpool Echo : 16 February

Budget 2017: 300 jobs to go, 5% council tax rise and libraries under threat

Promise that libraries are ‘safe’ for a year but task group to be set up to look at how to keep libraries running, working with the voluntary sector and others.

“But it is likely that around four libraries will close in 2019.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/budget-2017-300-jobs-go-12615690

 

Warrington Guardian : 16 February

Letter | Trust is lost

“What we need is a proper coherent strategy for that library service.”

“Libraries are under such budget pressures because LiveWire has unashamedly milked them in order to cover its commercial losses.”

http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/yoursay/letters/15097565.Trust_is_lost/

 

Exeter Express and Echo : 17 February

Date set for sneak preview of new East Devon library

Replaces library in Old Town Hall

http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/date-set-for-sneak-preview-of-new-east-devon-library/story-30143409-detail/story.html

 

The Northern Echo : 17 February

North Yorkshire | Town’s cash gift to help library rescue group

Town and parish council donate funds to volunteer-run library group

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15100736.Town___s_cash_gift_to_help_library_rescue_group/

 

The Big Issue : 17 February

This man is saving London’s ailing library from closure

Feature on social enterprise, Eco Communities, who run libraries in Lewisham

http://www.bigissue.com/features/interviews/7337/this-man-is-saving-londons-ailing-libraries-from-closure

 

 

North Somerset Times : 17 February

Nailsea library and college could be sold if services move to Scotch Horn

http://www.northsomersettimes.co.uk/news/nailsea_library_and_college_could_be_sold_if_services_move_to_scotch_horn_1_4894765