Writer Alan Monaghan lends his support to Friends of Preston Library

PUBLISHED: 12:32 18 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:32 18 June 2013

Alan Monaghan, holding his novel, with members of the Friends of Preston Library

Alan Monaghan, holding his novel, with members of the Friends of Preston Library


Award-winning author flew in from Dublin to take part in fundraising pub quiz

A best-selling author flew in to the UK to show his support for a group of library campaigners.

Award-winning Irish writer Alan Monaghan travelled from Dublin to take part in a pub quiz organised by Friends of Preston Library last night.

FOPL runs a pop-up library which was established after Brent Council axed Preston Library in Preston Road and five other branches in the borough as part of a £1million cost-cutting exercise.

The group regularly hold events including pub quizzes to raise funds for their cause.

Last night’s event, which took place in The Preston in Preston Road, Wembley, is believed to have raised around £300.

Mr Monaghan, who won the 2002 Hennessy New Irish Writer Award, said: “I am pretty-much self-taught when is comes to literature and without libraries I should never have had one novel published let alone three.

“That is why I am supporting the library campaign as closing libraries shuts out access to books full stop.”

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