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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