Monday, 16 May 2016

THE BOOKSELLER: Poet to petition Sadiq Khan over library closures

Read the article on The Bookseller website by Natasha Onwuemezi:


One of South London’s leading poets is to petition London Mayor Sadiq Khan about the future of library services.
Chrissie Gittins, Lewisham’s first honorary writer in residence, will hand in a copy of her latest book, Between Here And Knitwear, to Mr Khan at City Hall next week. 
She wants him to pledge his support to campaigners trying to stop Forest Hill, Manor House, Catford and Torridon libraries from being turned into community-run centres.
Chrissie, who has lived in Forest Hill for 26 years and who writes poetry for adults and children as well fiction and radio dramas, said libraries were vital for the well-being of local communities.

She said: “To lose five of our borough’s libraries in 2011 was bad enough, but now to lose another three is extremely disturbing and devastating.
Read the full article by Kate Gould
Chrissie Gittins will be speaking at the march and rally to Save Lewisham Libraries
Saturday 21 May - Assemble 12noon at Lewisham Library, march to Town Hall, Catford.

Sunday, 15 May 2016


Solidarity with Unison members in Lewisham Libraries who will be on strike next Saturday to defend our libraries and joining us on the march.
Please spread the word and send messages of support to so we can pass them on.

Thursday, 12 May 2016


Eight days to go before the big march! Your help is needed: Spread the word, tell friends, family and work colleagues. Make a placard. Get in touch if you can help on a stall or with leafleting.

Please invite your friends on facebook and share our event.
If you can help with leafleting for the demo this Saturday 12-1pm in in Lewisham please contact Mark 07931 289199 or email


Saturday 21 May

Assemble 12 midday
Limes Grove - next to Lewisham Library

199 - 201 Lewisham High St, London SE13 6LG

March to Town Hall for rally with speakers including :

Carnegie Library occupier from Lambeth
Alan Wylie - Libraries campaigner
Heather Wakefield - Unison

Save Lewisham Libraries campaigners
More speakers TBC