Supporters

 

Please be polite if asking for support from celebrities. They are people like everyone else and have busy lives.  For an example of what can go wrong, here is an Daily Telegraph article on what happened  when Jamie Oliver was badgered for a donation to save his local library.  And that was by Dame Joan Bakewell.

 

Authors
NB.  Critics accuse authors of being self-interested in supporting libraries, presumably in the same way that doctors are about hospitals or soldiers are about bullet-proof vests.  A brilliant defence of why authors should be allowed to campaign for libraries is here.
Eric Chappell - writer of Rising Damp.
John Connelly 
Colin Dexter -“As an older person who has seen libraries through the years, the events of this year are deeply depressing. What has worried me most about the calls for a ‘big society’ solution to the library problem in the past 12 months is the idea that you can cut library services and employ amateurs instead. Librarians have taken years to train up and can tell you what you should and shouldn’t read. Some of the processes are very complicated indeed.”
Julia Donaldson - Children’s laureate, author of “The Gruffalo” and others.
Anne FineChildren’s writer.
Neil Gaiman - a very keen pro-library campaigner, active in USA as well.
Maggie Gee.
Alan Gibbons - Children’s writer and creator of the Campaign for the Book, the biggest library campaigner of all. 
Debi Gliori - at Moray.
Mark Haddon.  Author of “The curious incident of the dog in the night time”, especially concerned about adult literacy.  Campaigned against library closures in Oxfordshire.
Lee Hall - The writer of Billy Elliott was vocal in his attack on Labour planning to close libraries in Newcastle.  See his speech of 9th January 2012.
Tony Hawks.  “Libraries are something I am very positive about. I was recently asked what made me proud to be British and I said it was our libraries. Free public libraries and free museums are some of the things we have been world leaders in and other countries have followed us.”
Val McDermid
Ken McLeod  
Deborah Moggach - patron of Keats Community Library. 
Michael Moore – USA. Donated half royalties of latest book to public libraries.
Michael Morpurgo - Author of “War Horse” and many other children’s/young people’s novels – “To close a library is a crime”.
David Nicholls signed petition to save Friern Barnet Library.
John O’Farrell
Gervase Phinn

Philip Pullman
Bali Rai
Michael Rosen.  Author of “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” and other children’s books.  Supporter of link between schools and libraries, especially giving all schoolchildren a library card.
Oliver Sacks – Neurologist and writer.  Writing in support of Brent libraries.
Zadie Smith.
Charles Stross.Science Fiction author.
Minette Walters 
Irvine Welsh
Jacqueline Wilson
Jeanette Winterson.  She gets seriously passionate about libraries, which is how it should be.
 
Actors
Jean Alexander - The actress who played Hilda Ogden. “Jean Alexander is a former library assistant herself and devotes a chapter of her autobiography to her experiences in various Liverpool branch libraries”
Minnie Driver
Lord Julian Fellowes - Actor, creator of Downton Abbey.
Tamsin Grieg
Prunella Scales signed petition to save Friern Barnet library.
Samantha Siddall – from Shameless.

 

Artists

Jamie Reid. 

Broadcasters

Kate Adie

Booksellers
Tim CoatesEx of Waterstones, writer of Good Library Blog
James DauntMD of Waterstones, founder of Daunt’s books.
Penguin Books 

 

Celebrities

Max Clifford - Supports volunteer libraries in Surrey

Michael Eavisfounder of the Glastonbury Festival 
Erick Knowles - From Antiques Roadshow (spoke at launch of Bucks volunteer-run library).

Maureen Lipman.

Chris Packham - Called cuts to his local library “insensitive, short-sighted and short-termist lunacy”

Michael Palin

Denis Robertson - Agony aunt, against cuts in Sutherland libraries.

Gaby Roslin.
Jonathon Ross - “A local library is particularly vital for children, people without cars and as part of a vibrant community”.  Involved in reopening of his local Hampstead Garden Suburb Community Library.
Hardeep Singh Koli.  “”libraries are the heartbeats of communities” 
Jamie Oliverbut note this article.   

 

Columnists

Caitlin Moran – Times
Boyd Tonkin – Independent

Comedians

Chris Addison
David Baddiel – Patron of Keats Community Library (volunteer-run)
Frankie Boyle 
Robin Ince
Miles Jupp“Archie” from Balamory.   
Phil Jupitus
Josie Long
Sue Perkins
Alexei Sayle 
Frank Skinner - This one is unusual as he started off criticising libraries, was invited to see one for himself, and has now become a fan.
Mark Steel

 

Musicians

Ghostpoet

Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.  ““It was the only place where I would willingly obey the laws, like silence. It was somewhere I could find out about things I was interested in.”. The Keith Richards Blues Collection at the Archive of Contemporary Music in New York; has him on the Board of Advisers.
Manic Street Preachers - “Libraries Gave Us Power”, enough said.
Tom Hingley, Inspiral Carpets.

Philanthropists

John WoodHas opened 12,000 libraries in developing countries. 

 

Poets

Carol Ann Duffy – poet laureate
Matt Harveyhost of BBC Radio 4’s Wondermentalist

  • #1 written by Gill Mitchell
    about 1 year ago

    After Mr Deary’s outrageous comments about libraries, Alan Gibbons has issued a challenge to him to take part in a public debate about the subject. In an email to one of my fellow school librarians, Mr D states that he has no time to do so as he is booked up for the next two years! Methinks Mr D is chickening out! If Mr Deary is so committed to his opinion about libraries I would have thought he would be only too happy to convert Alan Gibbons to his way of thinking – or is it that Mr D thinks that Alan would win the debate?

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