THE IMPORTANCE of free speech is being highlighted this weekend.
London Libraries’ promotion, Banned Books, launches in 50 library services across the country, including Thurrock Libraries on Saturday, 24 September.
This is the second national Banned Books promotion co-ordinated by London Libraries, and its launch coincides with the 30th anniversary of the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week.
Both campaigns seek to raise awareness of issues of censorship and freedom of expression.
Over 100 controversial titles have been chosen which have been banned or challenged in this country or overseas. Titles include Judy Blume’s “Blubber”, Khaled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner”, Anthony Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orange” and Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho”.
Some titles may seem familiar, but many will be quite surprised to learn why and where these books were banned.
So pop into Grays Library to discover a banned book and visit www.banned-books.org.uk to get the chance to enter a competition to win a Sony Reader and 22 banned vintage e-books.