This report comes from Katherine Marriott:
The Read-In at Sprotbrough Library was a great success with children’s activities, poetry
readings and an author visit. Many people had only just learned that ‘their’ library was to
close and wanted to show what a loss this would be to the community.
Richard Benson, author of The Farm and currently writing another book set in our locality, broke his train journey from London to Leeds to give a talk at Sprotbrough Library in support of the Save Doncaster Libraries campaign. The Readers Group promoted his first book on the Richard and Judy show. It has been a great success and is about to become a BBC TV series. He was visibly shaken when he was told of the Cabinet’s decision the previous day to close Sprotbrough Library, along with 13 others.
Richard spoke passionately of his early life and the importance of his local library in helping him achieve his ambition as a writer and reporter. Richard came from a modest background, and although his parents were supportive, they did not have the education to direct him to the books he needed to expand his mind as he grew older. His local library filled this need.
The library was packed all morning with members of the public keen to support their local library. Richard’s contribution was followed by poetry readings by local people, including a reading of an adaptation of Ian McMillan’s poem sent in support of the library campaign. This was read by Victor Hext.