Author Philip Pullman has joined the fight to save the six Brent libraries threatened by closure, following Zadie Smith and Alan Bennett in taking part in a fund-raising event for the campaign.
On 20th July Pullman will speak at Queens Park Community School in Kensal Rise, and plans to discuss why writing and reading matter, and about greed, money, capitalism and temptation, as he also reads from his latest book The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Novelist Maggie Gee will host the conversation with Pullman, who will then join in a Q&A with the audience.
A judicial review claim by library campaigners has been issued in the High Court challenging the decision of Brent Council to close half of the borough's libraries. Campaigners need to raise £30,000 for the legal action.
Co-chair of the Save Kensal Rise Library Campaign Margaret Bailey stressed the cost to local residents if the planned closures go ahead and said: "We are determined to ensure the libraries remain open and trust that the Court will quickly see Brent's decisions make no sense—legally or otherwise."
The event begins at 6.30 p.m., with tickets available on the door or from Queens Park Books, 0207 625 1008.