This site was set up by a group of writers in Newcastle (UK) who wanted to highlight the value of libraries following the announcement by Newcastle City Council in late 2012 of plans to cut 10 of the city’s 18 public libraries. The campaign to save the library service in Newcastle was partially successful, with 5 of the 10 libraries earmarked for closure being kept open.
At the time of writing (April 2013) Newcastle College are offering to run the other 5 libraries and we hope that Newcastle Council see fit to taking them up on their offer. Visit http://savenewcastlelibraries.org/ to keep up to date with the latest.
This site was set up and maintained by writers Terry Dobson, Marie Lightman and Stevie Ronnie. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the 63 writers who contributed to the site and the readers that have visited (over 5000) in the short time that the site was open. We are glad to have played a small part in helping to preserve some of the library services for future generations.
This site has been archived by the British Library as part of their UK web archive project.
Submissions to the site are now closed.
During the campaign to save Newcastle’s library services we endeavored to publish content that was consistent with the following guidelines:
1. We accepted all creative work in any form which responded to the theme of libraries.
2. There was a 400 word limit on submissions.
3. The author confirmed the work to be their own and that they had permission to publish it.
4. Copyright of the work remains with the authors but Writers for Libraries have been granted permission to publish it on this site and in any future print or electronic publication.
5. Work was (rarely) lightly edited to correct obvious mistakes.
If you have any queries then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org The old email address for this site is no longer active.
Are previously published works okay provided it is okay with the other party?
Yes, previously published work is fine as long as you are the copyright holder.
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