The Newcastle born writer Lee Hall has called for direct action to protect the regions libraries.
He was speaking at a meeting being held on Tyneside tonight to protest over proposed council cuts which could see many libraries closed.
"No other council is suggesting such a pre-emotive and comprehensive cut to libraries because it doesn't add up....
If we don't get smarter, and more aggressive, we will lose our libraries. They do not have to make these cuts."
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Many areas dry over the next few days with variable cloud and cooler airflow
A dry day with bright or sunny spells. Rain comes through overnight into Sunday morning, before drier yet fresher weather develops
A look ahead at the forecast for the Tyne Tees region.