A series of big name speakers will be heading to London for a new festival that will spread the word about the importance of libraries.
Actress/writer Jessica Hynes, former Public Image Ltd bassist Jah Wobble and libraries minister John Glen MP are among the highlights of the Worlds of Possibilities Festival, which will be held from October 11-14 to coincide with National Libraries Week.
Libraries are an essential part of any civilised society because they involve the distribution of knowledge to everyone
Bookworms will be able to ponder the pressing questions surrounding libraries, whether it be measuring their cultural footprint or how they can capitalise on the opportunities of the digital age.
Events will take place across the capital as part of the festival, with libraries in Pimlico, Brent, Tower Hamlets and Merton all offering artistic activities, talks and appearances by cultural figures.
Dragon Detective Agency author Gareth P Jones will be kicking off the festivities with a schools event at Willesden Green Library in the afternoon of October 11, with an Audience with Elizabeth Kostova to follow at Peckham Library later that evening.
Jones issued a rallying call for communities to work together in order to save libraries from closure ahead of the festival – with the story ending for 288 branches between 2012 and 2016 leaving 3,850 left in the UK. He said: “How can we claim to be a civilised society if we don’t ensure that knowledge is accessible to all? We must preserve our libraries.