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Campaign for the Book summer conference

Alan Gibbons' Campaign for the Book summer conference will be held on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at King Edward's School, Birmingham B15 2UA.  School librarian Jean Allen has secured the venue for the campaign at a nominal rate.

Alan Gibbons says "I am aware that the Conference is now scheduled only a week after the School Library Association's weekend event on June 19th to 21st. I am afraid there was no other date at which I could get a venue at reasonable cost. Some establishments were asking for between £2,000 and £7,000! I would urge anyone going to the SLA event to come along to Birmingham the week after too. Bodies like the SLA and the Campaign for the Book share a very similar vision. Consider it a busy two weeks to take a stand on behalf of libraries and reading for pleasure. The two events will complement each other."

One of the centrepieces of the conference will be a Question Time session on the future of libraries and reading. The following have already accepted an invitation to speak: Roy Clare, MLA chief executive, Lyn Brown MP, Labour, all Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries, Ed Vaizey MP, Conservative speaker on Culture. Alan is awaiting final confirmation from the Liberal Democrats and from leading authors who will join the debate.

Alan continues, "I believe it can become a focus for debate about the future of libraries and books, supporting all the other groups and individuals who share our love of reading."  For more information see http://alangibbons.net/

Tricia Adams

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