Children’s author joins campaign to save Brent’s libraries

Best selling children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson, is pledging her support to save six libraries in Brent from closure.

The award winning writer of the popular Tracey Beaker series is planning to do a talk and read from some of her books in Kensal Rise on September 28. A venue is yet to be confirmed.

Novelist and journalist, Tim Lott, who lives in Kensal Green and is helping to organise the event, said: “Jacqueline is probably the most well known children’s author.

“No-one understands better the importance of libraries for kids.

“We are absolutely delighted she is coming. It will be a tremendous night where children can get their books signed and meet Jacqueline. We are very grateful she is coming to show her support.”

Brent Council is planning to axe the reading rooms in Preston, Barham Park, Tokyngton, Kensal Rise, Cricklewood and Neasden.

The outcome of a judicial review challenging the proposals is expected in October.

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Campaigners are also urging people to write to the Government to launch an investigation into the decision to close half of Brent’s libraries.

Jeremy Hunt MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport, is due to rule in September on whether closing six of the borough’s libraries will meet local needs.

If he is not happy with Brent Council’s decision, Mr Hunt can order a public inquiry which is separate to the judicial review.

Residents should write to Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, Department for Culture Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1 5DH or email

Alternatively email who will add your name to their petition.