Authors conduct library protests

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Best selling authors Mark Haddon, Philip Pullman and Mary Hoffman will be among Oxford writers taking part in ‘read-in’ events taking place in Oxford libraries tomorrow.

The read-ins, organised by the Oxford Anti-cuts Alliance, will be held in eight libraries around Oxford, including the Central Library in the Westgate Centre.

They have been organised in response to proposed cuts in library budgets, which would see 20 of Oxford’s 43 libraries close, and will include speeches and poetry from authors, librarians, councillors and trade unionists.

Oxford-based Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night, emphasised the importance libraries play in communities, describing them as the ‘NHS of the Mind’. He will be speaking at Blackbird Leys Library as part of the day-long protest.

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