Firstly, The Reader Organisation, which aims to bring about a 'reading revolution' among people without access to great literature: those in hospitals, care homes, schools, community centres, prisons, hostels and so on.
The emphasis is on a shared reading experience. The groups will read from texts and then discuss points and issues raised by them. This is not a self-help or therapy group, however: it is simply a group which uses the power of reading as a way of generating discussion. And a very positive thing it sounds.
Secondly, a warning that because of local government cuts, imposed on them by central government, essential (and statutory) services like public libraries may not exist by 2020. With the ageing demographic in the country and the resultant increase in demand for adult social care, local government funding will reach breaking point.
This is not simply scaremongering. It will happen, sooner or later. Local government cutbacks are reaching frightening proportions and something has to give. We are seeing the inevitable dismantling of the public library system.
Does it matter? Yes it does. Nonetheless, it will happen, and we have to start planning for a post-libraries world. The idea of literature provided on the rates will one day seem quaint. Instead, we must rely on ideas like The Reader Organisation. Mobilise, readers and writers.