We recently filmed Alan Gibbons to discuss the current crisis in libraries across England.
Alan is a former primary school teacher who, after winning the Blue Peter Book Award in 2000, has been a prolific children’s author and educational consultant. His books have won, or been shortlisted for, numerous awards, and have been translated into at least a dozen languages. When not writing or campaigning, he is doing writing workshops in schools, both in the UK and internationally.
In this short film Alan talks about the devastating effect on children's education that the wave of library closures is having. Quite simply government cuts to local government budgets are severely damaging our children' education. Alan talks about the interference of the government in the school curriculum, where he explains how an excessive exam culture, testing and just plain bad choices, have alienated children from reading for pleasure. He argues that, instead, we should be encouraging a new generation of readers. And if all the local libraries are closed, where are these readers to get their books?