“The Librarian” by Salley Vickers

“We emphatically do not want to find that we have reached such a state of dearth in our society that we must provide food banks for the imagination as well as, as we so regrettably have to do today, for the physical body.”Salley Vickers It took thunder and lightning to stop me reaching the end […]

From the Planet Zogg: The Libraries of a Different World

Our world is full of stories, of our lives, our places and the things that have happened. Stories are essential to us in fact. They’re where we keep our memories and the valuable things we’ve learned as humans in all the generations we’ve been alive on this planet. So we’re used to the phrase ‘Let me tell […]

Seaport: A Life in a Book

Seaport was originally published in 1964 when I was ten years old. And though I had my adult-side library ticket by then it must have been a reference only book, as I have no memory of bringing it home. Instead I would sit in the North Liverpool library of my childhood and pore over it […]

Unveiling the Black Poppies

This year and last year, at the Tower of London and now at St George’s Hall in Liverpool we have been remembering those who fought in the Great War of 1914 to 1918. Today in Liverpool I went to the unveiling of another exhibition that’s a part of Weeping Windows here and tells a story […]

Being Yourself

I’ve had a bit of a treat this week. If you know me at all you’ll know that two of the things I tend to go on about are doing the work you love and only the work you love – and the wonderfulness of public libraries. Well this week I’ve planned an event all about […]

Around Lark Lane

Thought I’d be working today but, to my own surprise I got something finished a day earlier than expected, so? It’s Friday, the sky is blue, let’s go! Not a particularly long Friday Walk in terms of miles this one, but it covers nearly 40 years of my life. The terraced house in Wavertree where […]