Ali Smith warns over library closures

RSL Fellow Ali Smith, this year’s winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize, has spoken of her deep concern about the impact of library closures. She told the Edinburgh International Book Festival that in November she will bring out a collection of short stories, entitled Public Library and Other Stories.

She said: “In the three or four weeks I was editing it, I asked everybody I met to tell me something about their public library experiences in their lives and what they think about the closures that have been happening in this country to public libraries. In the space of me doing that asking, 28 libraries closed. In the space of me writing those stories over seven years, 1,000 public libraries closed. Something is happening which is happening under the radar about this and it is very important that we all think about it.”

Read the full article on Herald Scotland’s website.

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