Zadie Smith's anger at 'shameful' library cuts

Campaigning: Author Zadie Smith speaks out for Kensal Rise library
Award-winning novelist Zadie Smith has condemned the Government's "shameful" cuts to public services as she joined a campaign to save London libraries.

The White Teeth author, who was brought up in Willesden Green, spoke at an event organised by the Save Kensal Rise Library campaign. Kensal Rise is one of six libraries facing the axe under Brent council's proposals, though dozens of libraries across the capital could be closed as town halls try to plug funding gaps.

Smith, 35, said the cuts were "so shameful I doubt this Government will ever live it down". She told the meeting about the important role libraries played in her childhood.

A Brent council spokeswoman said: "It is proposed that the number of library buildings be reduced, enabling resources to be concentrated on the best located libraries." The Standard's Save Our Libraries Campaign is supported by writers Martina Cole, Benjamin Zephaniah and Will Self.


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