Vote Day 2017

This Star Wars day (May the 4th be with you), we in Thanet and other areas will be electing county councillors.

What has this got to do with writing?

In and of itself very little. Except that your county council runs the local libraries. Libraries, of course, being a high volume consumer of books.

Libraries are also a good place to find or run literary events. for us writers, libraries matter. A lot.

Each year libraries are closed, downsized or merged in with other services which sometimes take over from the core aspects of literacy and book sharing. This is bad for us writers.

So before you vote this year, ask your local representatives what they will be doing to support libraries. Perhaps ask them what they will be doing to keep your local library open and well funded.