In episode 10 I talk to Philip Wark. Philip spent his career managing, running and championing public libraries.
We discuss how writers and their local libraries can successfully work together; what Philip has seen work in his years of running and organising writers’ groups, author talks and much more.
Philip also tells us about what a modern library service is really all about. Spoiler: not just lending books.
He tells us about the roles of writer-in-residence and bibliotherapist. Philip also explains how libraries try and reach out and engage people of all ages across their local communities.
Philip is an enthusiast; hearing him talk about libraries makes it impossible not to want to head straight out to your nearest branch and hug a librarian. He told me about a great deal of activity I didn’t know was going on – and his key message to writers is to go and get to know your local library staff. They really can help introduce you to a local readers and help you develop your profile in your own community.
I hope you enjoy this episode.