This just in from Alan Gibbons ('Demon Assassin', 'The Number 7 Shirt', 'Legendeer' trilogy, etc.):
"Booktrust is to lose all government funding for its bookgifting programmes in England from 1st April next year.
The book charity’s bookgifting programmes, Bookstart, Booktime and Booked Up, received £13m from the Department for Education last year.
I suggest everybody write to the press condemning Michael Gove and asking him to think again. If we all take different newspapers we should get decent coverage."
I would urge everyone who can to please, please write to the press (any and all.) These programmes have already had invaluable impact on the lives of so many young people. Michael Gove does, indeed, need to think again and should be called to task for ever suggesting such a thing.