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I was looking for some positive news about libraries, since we are still awaiting the go-ahead from Fife Council for our community run library in Kinghorn. Lo and Behold it came from my old haunting ground – Bedford!
Looking backwards …The father of public libraries, Andrew Carnegie, was born in
Dunfermline and so it is unfortunate that many libraries in his home county, the Kingdom of Fife, should be closing in 2017. Over 600 libraries opened in the UK in the latter part of the nineteenth century, due to this man’s vision. I believe he will ‘turn in his grave’ at recent events.
After a major campaign, which ceased a year ago, several community groups were determined not to be defeated and took up the mantle to work towards reopening volunteer run facilities when their beloved libraries finally close. One of these groups is in The Royal Burgh of Kinghorn, where I now live.
There is a willingness within the residents of Kinghorn to support this vital campaign, although many organisations already stretch our resources and the resourcefulness of such a community, including the church, the RNLI, the Rotary, Kinghorn in Bloom and I’m sure many more.
The support has been tremendous. Kinghorn Library Renewed have met for for past year to work towards a transitional phase. The passing of our current library will be a sad time for the library users here in Kinghorn and we will all miss Tricia, but with energy we can make KLR work for the people of Kinghorn once more.
I hope that, if Andrew Carnegie is looking on, he appreciates the efforts of groups up and down the county and that, after his initial frustration and possibly anger, I hope he will smile down on us!
I’ll keep you posted but meanwhile here is a link of news from The Fife Cultural Trust regarding the progress of all libraries under threat.
The first UK Indie Literacy Festival was all about being energized by readers and authors and networking with authors so that we can be mutually supportive in the future.
Meeting people, enjoying conversation and selling books to folks is not new to me of course, but it was the first time that I’d been involved in something on this scale. It was also great to give a short talk, listen to others hold workshops, describe the background to their writing or give readings.
Micheal Wombat brought us to near tears by his short stories. He is a natural story teller and I look forward to reading Warren Peace!~ a cross between Watership Down and Micheal Harwood’s Duncton Woods maybe.
Felicity Snowden whetted our appetite for ghostly, historic happenings as she described the inspiration behind her novel When Dead Men Won’t Lie.
Other books I have on my shelf ready to read are The House on the Shore ~ a romantic thriller by Victoria Howard and Lost Love in Spring by Rose English ~ a book which combines a story, poetry and information about plants and their uses in past times, related to the story.
I was not able to go to all of the talks but those I went to were most enjoyable.
The wonderful thing about Indie fiction is that you can enjoy an eclectic mix of genre between the covers of a single novel. Delightfully refreshing!