The Feminist Library has hit its crowdfunding target for a move to south London after thriller writer Harriet Tyce made a crucial £5,000 donation.
Volunteers had been appealing for funds to move the archive to Peckham because of the redevelopment of its Westminster site.
On Tuesday, The Bookseller reported its crowdfunder was still £5,000 short of its £48,000 target with just days to go until the 31st March deadline. But Blood Orange (Wildfire) author Tyce stepped in on Wednesday morning to take the appeal past its goal.
Fundraising coordinator Magda Oldziejewska said: “The Feminist Library team is incredibly grateful to all of the nearly 1,000 supporters who have helped bring the total raised on our crowdfunding campaign just over target, four days before its official close at the end of March. We would like to thank every single donor for helping make this happen and we look forward to seeing everyone at the new library soon.”
Volunteers had originally appealed for £30,000 to fund a move to Peckham’s Sojourner Truth Centre late last year. But, after beating that target, they raised the figure to £48,000 to give its new home a thorough fitout. A further £20,000 has been raised offline for the project from unions, feminist groups and individual donors.
Ex-criminal barrister Tyce made headlines last month when she sponsored a place on the City University Novel Studio course she completed before her writing career took off. Her debut novel Blood Orange, published in February, was pre-empted by Wildfire last year and has been sold in a string of territories.