I have mentioned previously about my correspondence with Roy Clare, chief executive of the MLA, the museums libraries archives, which is there to make sure local authorities run libraries properly. As you may know the burghers of towns up and down the country have seen fit to close libraries in a bid to balance the books, philistines. Mr Clare has emailed and said that Andrew Motion will be opening the new central library in Newcastle upon Tyne on March 3rd. He has asked whether I would like to meet the man, apparently he may write a poem to honour the day. The Moose will be there to ask a few questions. Not about the poem, but about what he is doing to raise awareness throughout the country about what is happening to libraries. I Will let you know how it goes.
I don't know if anybody saw the front page love in with Ian Macewan and Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie. It was all kaftans, Khyber Passes and hiding the Rushdies from the prying guns of Mr Khomeni. It is 20 years since the Satanic verses etc and yes, it was interesting that Salman was hid under the stairs at his mate Ian's house, but a third of a page, a big photo of Ian and details of the two youngsters smoking their way through the Khyber pass. Fawning, drooly journalism at its pawing worst. Get a grip and write something newsworthy.