Wilson to hold Brent libraries benefit

Wilson to hold Brent libraries benefit

Former children's laureate Jacqueline Wilson is the latest high-profile author to take part in a fundraising benefit in aid of Brent's six threatened libraries.

Wilson will do the event at 6pm on 28th September at St Martin's Church in Mortimer Road, London, the same venue that hosted a packed benefit from author Alan Bennett in May. 

The Brent campaign has now raised close to £25,000, including a £1,000 donation from The Library Campaign and £3,000 raised by Kensal Rise campaigners selling memorabilia on eBay. Pub quizzes, dances and "tin-rattling outside Sainsbury's" have also contributed to the total, which campaigners say brings them close to their fundraising target.

The money is being raised to pay legal fees for the judicial review held into Brent council's decision to close the six libraries, which is due to receive its verdict in October.

Tickets for the Wilson benefit are on sale at Queen's Park Books on Salusbury Road and L'Angolo Deli, College Road, priced at £10, children £5.