Wisdom of Solomons to support library campaign

Author David Solomons (right) and publisher Dom Kingston support  the campaign to save Newarthill Library.
Author David Solomons (right) and publisher Dom Kingston support the campaign to save Newarthill Library.

The Save Newarthill Library campaign committee organised a visit from screenwriter and children’s author David Solomons.

The library is due to close on January 31, and campaigners await a decision from The Faculty of Advocates about launching a legal challenge against Culture NL.

A Hallowe’en Family Night in the Newarthill Club raised £500 for potential legal fees.

David recently won the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards, and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.

Due to capacity restrictions 42 children from Newarthill, St Teresa’s and Keir Hardie Memorial primary schools were invited.

David read from his best-selling novel “My Brother Is A Superhero” and answered many questions about the writing process and his personal journey to becoming an award-winning author.

He was accompanied by Dom Kingston from publisher Nosy Crow and both agreed to kickstart the campaign’s author challenge by promoting #savenewarthilllibrary.

Campaign chairwoman Angie Walker said: “David had specifically asked to come and visit the library to show his support for the campaign to save the library from closure.

“All of the children were very engaged and a credit to their parents and schools, and they queued to get David’s autograph at the end.”

Others who have recently given their support to the campaign include authors Cathy Cassidy and Alex Marwood and comedians Scott Agnew, Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie.