Huge thanks to everyone who came to Ilfracombe Library on Thursday to enjoy drinks and nibbles and witness the strange sight of an author draped in pseudo-Roman clothes (well, it was World Book Day, when you are allowed to dress up). Ilfracombe's library is perched on a hill overlooking a dramatic rocky beach and must … Continue reading Ilfracombe Library
I'll be deep in the Celtic heartlands to celebrate World Book Day this Thursday, taking Ruso and Tilla to Ilfracombe Library. Dug the Iron Age Man (not a character, but a facial reconstruction) will be there too. There will be an element of suspense to the proceedings, for me if not for everyone else, as … Continue reading Ruso at the Seaside for World Book Day – 7 March
Terry Deary’s views on public libraries made alarming reading this week. Others have replied far more cogently than I could, so if you want a proper response, Julia Donaldson’s article in the Guardian is a good place to start. Still, if Deary’s comments re-ignite the debate about public libraries, it won’t be a bad thing. … Continue reading Oh Deary
Above is one of the largest and loveliest of all the books here at Downie Towers. Apart from a brief trip to the radiator to have its photo taken, it lives on the floor. It's too big and heavy to go anywhere else. However - if the property gods are kind (and here in the … Continue reading Portrait of the writer wondering where to put her books
Hats off to the fine folk of Sheepwash, who have found a great new use for their beautiful red phone box and turned it into a book exchange. It's entirely appropriate, since they're only a couple of miles away from Totleigh Barton, where the Arvon Foundation run residential courses for budding writers. Ah, those photos bring … Continue reading Want a book? Go to the phone box.
Lots of good things happening in Lichfield in the first week of October. The lineup for this year's literature festival is here and includes Adam Hart-Davis, Sophie Hannah, Douglas Hurd, Val McDermid, Eleanor Bron, Lionel Blue, and Colin Dexter. There is also, in the lower right-hand corner of the webpage, a writer of mysteries set in … Continue reading Lichfield Literature
Once upon a time in the town of my birth, you could hop on the train and travel to practically anywhere in the country. Then the rail system was 'modernised'. Why did we need to spend money running all these little stations, when people could use their own cars? Door-to-door! So much more convenient! Forty … Continue reading “Can libraries survive in a digital world?”
Thanks to Karen Parker for permission to use this wonderful photo. The other side of the mug reads Saving Stony Stratford Library. Karen also took the author photo that appears on the American hardbacks of the Ruso books.
... and here's the link to the map of events. The scale of the proposed closures in some places (you can see it here) beggars belief. I worked in a library for twelve years, and I was proud to work in a service that was both valuable and valued - by the users, if not by … Continue reading Tomorrow is Save our Libraries Day
Congratulations and good wishes to the folks trying to save Stony Stratford Library in Milton Keynes. This Saturday they descended upon the library and withdrew every single book in protest at closure plans. You can see what they got up to here. It's a simple and effective protest that has gained them huge amounts of … Continue reading ‘Wot no books?’