Former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo has spoken out in defence of libraries, calling access to literature for everyone "a right, not a privilege".
Echoing comments from the current children's laureate Julia Donaldson, who has frequently criticised library closures, the War Horse author said: "To close a library is to shut off an opportunity, perhaps the only opportunity for some, to knowledge and understanding. It is to impoverish the intellect and starve the emotions." He added: "In a civilised society, the availability of literature for everyone is a right, not a privilege."
Morpurgo was speaking in an interview to The Bookseller's sister publication We Love This Book.
Donaldson is currently on a tour of libraries, taking part in drama activities with local schoolchildren. The tour finishes at Weymouth Library on October 18th.