Why save libraries?

Tomorrow in South London I shall be joining various more-famous-than-me authors including Sarah Waters, Edmund De Waal, Julie Myerson, Stella Duffy and the world renowned Itinerant Poetry Library at a Read-In at my beloved local library which is threatened with closure.

And I expect the question on at least some of your lips is: “What the hell is someone like you doing sharing a platform with a bunch of arty-farty pinkos trying to save an institution as clapped-out and pointless as a local library? What has happened to your classical liberal principles?”

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