We are delighted to have received a letter of support from novelist Kate Mosse. Kate is the bestselling author of ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Sepulchre’ and ‘The Winter Ghosts’, and was a popular visitor to the 2009 Cheltenham Literature Festival.
I’m writing to express my support for the campaigners who wish to protest against the particularly savage cuts being proposed to the library service in Gloucestershire.
Although all authors understand that these are tough times, the British library service continues to be the envy of the world. Libraries are places were all members of a community can come together, on an equal footing, to do homework, to read, to learn, possibly even to write their first novel. Librarians are in the frontline in the fight against illiteracy in the UK, an essential part of the team that helps each child, and each adult, to achieve their reading and writing potential. In rural areas, many residents rely especially on their local library and for some older members of the community, they are at the heart of weekly life.
All authors understand that there must be savings, but fear that the library closures being proposed will be a short-term solution that will have very significant long-term consequences for our cultural and literary life.
Thanks Kate! Messages of support from other famous names can be seen here.