Philip Pullman, best known for His Dark Materials trilogy, spoke out this week about the British government's cuts, the proposed 'big society' of volunteers, and its impact on our libraries.
The flagship policy of the Conservative party, 'Big Society', suggests that local services can be delivered by volunteers, bidding for money to set up these services. Against the cuts and the alternative of a volunteer led service, Philip Pullman highlighted the importance of librarians, and the problems of getting one community to bid against another for money to run a library service.
He also spoke fervently about his own experience of libraries, being able to borrow books as a young child.
His speech can be found here - it's very passionate and honest. You really should go read it.