Local author Zadie Smith launched a scathing attack on the Coalition government over library closures this morning in a 'radio essay' on Radio 4's today programme. She describes the importance of books in her childhood home 100 yards yards from Willesden Green library, many of which bore the imprint of the library and were returned in two black bags when the library held an amnesty! She concludes that perhaps the government is happy to see libraries close because in the future people will be unable to read about their attack on public services.
The essay launches a debate about the issue which will carry on during the week. To listen to the essay follow this LINK