Thursday, 26 August 2010

Libraries: Use Them Or Lose Them

By Richard Jay Parker

I'd never been to Knaresborough before last week but I'd certainly go back particularly if the welcome myself, Matt Lynn and Zoe Sharp got at the library was replicated. There was a very healthy attendance for our thriller debate and Wendy Kent and her staff couldn't have orchestrated things better.

The panel did readings - Zoe from THIRD STRIKE, Matt From FIRE FORCE and I read an extract from STOP ME - before we tackled subjects such as challenging our characters, screen adaptations and getting perspective on a manuscript.

As we finished our wine (except Zoe of course) and left the premises it occurred to me that the informal evening we'd had meeting readers and writers in the library could soon be a thing of the past.

And there's been a few of those sort of pieces about this week.

So if you've got time for reading this Bank Holiday weekend go and get a book from your local library. If you're not a member, why not join up. You'll just need a couple of forms of ID.

They'll be gone if we're not careful.

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