Sunday, 10 April 2016

Writing - The fight goes on

The UK governments austerity programme doesn't just bring hardship to individuals but also to local authorities and the services that they offer. I have written about the fight to keep public libraries open and came across this example today.

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Carnegie Lambeth Library

A nine-day occupation of a south London library has ended, only hours before those inside were due to be evicted.
Campaigners for the "Defend the 10" group have been inside Carnegie Library in Loughborough Junction since 31 March, the day it was closed for a year.
Lambeth Council said its plans would "guarantee" the library's future.
The Carnegie and Minet libraries officially closed for a year on 1 April. The council said they would reopen in 2017 with a gym as "healthy living centres".

The plan is to have gymnasium facilities in the buildings as well as a free library service.
A council spokesman said,
"It means we can now concentrate on spending our scarce resources on services instead of security, including developing the plans which will guarantee Carnegie Library's future.
"Carnegie will reopen with a library service that will remain free and open to all."
The authority added none of its 10 libraries were closing and the gym will be in the unused basement of the building.

It sounds like good news on the face of it as long as the social aspect of libraries is maintained.

The occupiers, including children and pensioners, were given 24 hours to leave from the point the order was served at 17:30 on Friday.
Campaigners said more than 2,000 people joined a march which began at Carnegie Library, passing by Minet Library before ending at Brixton Library, where a rally was held.
One protester, 11-year-old Denise, said: "Libraries are about more than books, they let people meet one another."

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The really gratifying aspect of the above is the indisputable drive for people of all ages to want to save their libraries. There will always be a need for a free source of books and as a writer that is simply the best news.

Read on!

December 2015

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thoughtful collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


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