14 Dec 2011

Phenomenal response to libraries letter - please join me in signing

Poet Marcus Moore: part of the Save Libraries Day 'Flying Authors' tour
Yesterday I covered on this blog the open letter to Culture Minister  Ed Vaizey - well there has been quite an extraordinary response - see already the dozens of names signed up to the letter here. As the campaign have noted it only went on the web yesterday: "It has been signed by library groups, teachers, library users, librarians, academics, authors, comedians and actors. Amongst them are Children's Laureates Anne Fine and Julian Donaldson, Booker Prize winning author Yann Martel, comedians and actors Chris Addison, Robin Ince and Marcus Brigstock. Marcus Chown,  scientist, award winning-author, journalist & cosmology consultant to New Scientist magazine, Dr Steve Jones and that is just to name a few!"

Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries have also penned a separate letter to Mr Vaizey specific to the issues in Gloucestershire asking him what he is going to do to ensure GCC do not make the same mistakes again. The letter is rightly damning of the Department of Culture Media and Sport and Museums Libraries and Archives council who clearly shared concerns about GCC's planned cuts but sat back and left us all to battle on alone. See letter here.

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