Why Did You and Stella Duffy Get 220 Writers to Sign a Letter about Lambeth Libraries?

Because we were asked to by the good people currently occupying Carnegie Library. Because we love libraries generally but we also specifically love our local libraries, in Lambeth, London. We want all ten of them to stay open as libraries, with librarians, not gyms, without librarians. And because this is something we could do. We’re […]

Lambeth Libraries – An Open Letter to Councillor Jane Edbrooke

I was recently asked by a local librarian to do all I could to help save five Lambeth libraries, and – just as importantly – the jobs of the librarians who work in them. If, after reading this, you’d like to contact Councillor Jane Edbrooke, her email address is jedbrooke@lambeth.gov.uk.   Dear Councillor Jane Edbrooke, why shouldn’t you […]

December 2014

There’s been activity. Life-Like is out. It’s a collection of interlinked short stories, concerning the lives of Paddy & Agatha (from Ghost Story) and the individuals that they meet, and the individuals that those individuals meet, and so on. Some of the stories have appeared elsewhere:  ‘Paddy & Kavita’, SHORT FICTION, Issue 2, 2008, edited by Anthony Caleshu ‘Agatha […]

If Libraries Die

(This was given as a talk to the Friends of West Norwood Library, at their Annual General Meeting, on Saturday 7th June, 2014 – in a sun-baked room in the West Norwood temporary library. Copper nicked from the roof and ongoing conversion to a Ritzy Cinema have closed West Norwood Library for months.) Stand-up comedians have the […]