Jacqueline Wilson on 'Meet the Author'
One of the most important things I want to point out about this interview, were Wilson's comments on the importance of public libraries. We should all be well familiar now with the danger libraries are in within the budget constraints, not just in the UK, but in countries world-wide. And yesterday, Saturday 5th February, there was a national day of action in the UK to speak out about the wide-spread closures of public libraries. For example, on the Isle of Wight, they stand to lose 9 out of their 11 public libraries. Some areas may be left with no libraries at all. Keeping in mind that libraries may be the only access some children have to books due to their life circumstances, this would be a wide-spread tragedy. After speaking about her concern for the libraries' fate, Wilson said 'If it were up to me, libraries would be the last thing I would cut.'