Kensal Rise Library campaigner awarded OBE

From the Kilburn Times:

A prominent novelist and library campaigner has been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Dr Maggie Gee, who has lived in Kensal Rise for 24 years, has been awarded an OBE for her services to literature.

She has been campaigning alongside residents to save the Kensal Rise branch, which was opened by American author Mark Twain in 1901, and Preston, Cricklewood, Tokyngton, Neasden and Barham Park libraries.

She said: “Libraries matter so much because they have books that everyone can read.

“I came from a background that was not very literate so I want my work to be available for everyone.

“Kensal Rise library matters to his community because it’s the heart of the community and everyone has worked so hard to keep it open.

“This is a community I love to live in and write about because it’s a community full of hope.

“It’s not about little houses it’s about the things we share.

“Kensal Rise is on the rise.”

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