Friern Barnet Community Library video

Yay! Friern Barnet Community Library got it’s licence and books will continue to be lent from this lovely purpose-built home for books. A victory for sanity and community action.

Arachne Press lent our support with a little reading from each of our books last Tuesday, when things were still a bit in doubt, so delighted with the result.

Here’s the video of our reading – apologies for the sound quality with hindsight the windowsill wasn’t the best place for the camera.

Caroline Hardman & Wendy Gill read from Stations and Michelle Shine reads from Lovers’ Lies


Cherry Potts reads from London Lies and Bobbie Darbyshire and Rosalind Stopps read from Lovers’ Lies.

Friern Barnet People’s Library Reading Authors confirmed


The reading at FBPL on Tuesday 29th January 7-9 now has confirmed authors reading:

Rosalind Stopps, Wendy Gill, Michelle Shine, Bobbie Darbyshire, Caroline Hardman, Cherry Potts. Mostly stories from Lovers’ Lies, but a dip into each of the other books too.


Friern Barnet Library Free-for-all

Friern Barnet Library has been in the press a bit recently after campaigners occupied the library which was earmarked for development. They have successfully restocked the library with donated books, and got the building listed to prevent the council doing something unspeakable to it.  They were even open on Christmas Day.


Despite a sympathetic hearing from the judge, they are due for eviction on 1st February.  Although they hope for a licence to remain we have decided we’ll get in before the deadline and will be there reading from (I hope) all three books on Tuesday 29th January 7-9pm. Come along to support us, and the people of Friern Barnet.

Friern Barnet Road, Bowes Park, London, N11 3DR

Reading: Rosalind Stopps, Wendy Gill, Michelle Shine, Bobbie Darbyshire, Bartle Sawbridge

you can sign the petition to keep the library open here