He made his name through his writing, as the creator of Billy Elliot, but Lee Hall indicated he is ready to move from words to actions to save ten Newcastle libraries earmarked for closure.
The playwright had people on their feet at a campaign meeting when he called for protesters to occupy libraries.
However, the council says it simply cannot afford to keep the libraries going, because of budget cuts.
Meanwhile in Middlesbrough, councillors discussed whether they can afford to freeze council tax. The mayor Ray Mallon opposes the proposal, saying it would leave a black hole in the council's finances.
More top news
New law will protect the dignity of both men and women, the Government says.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has survived a vote of no confidence, amid claims his credibility will "never recover" .
Mark Smith has confessed to killing 38-year-old Jillian Grant, whose body was discovered in North Shields on December 25 last year.