PRESS RELEASE : ANTI NUCLEAR COMIC DEMAND BY UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
HOT the anti nuclear Comic Novel sent to Cumbrian Councillors as an ebook has been claimed by a number of University and National Libraries The claim has been made on behalf of the Legal Deposit Libraries, these being the Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin. The Comic Book, “HOT” is actually the fourth book in the ongoing series “Chronicles of Wastwater”. Previous titles being “The Wastwater Gnomes”, “When the Water Flows” and “Swallows and Amazons For You For Life”.
“HOT” continues the journey of a retired farming couple, Tom and Ellen, who are trying to make sense of the government plan to dump heat generating nuclear waste from existing and new nuclear build in vast underground caverns as deep as Scafell is high, under their beloved Cumbria. One of the images in the book is of former Council Leader Eddie Martin who is seen as Superman following the County Council’s No vote on January 3oth 2013 The University and National Libraries are each entitled to delivery, free of charge, of one copy of every publication that they request a claim for.
Not all publications are claimed by the libraries but the obligation has existed in English law for all printed books and papers since 1662 and for electronic and other non-print publications since 6th April 2013. The Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries says “It helps to ensure that the nation’s published output, and thereby its intellectual record and future published heritage, is collected systematically, both in order to preserve the material for the use of future generations and to make it available for readers within the designated deposit libraries”.
Marianne Birkby the founder of Radiation Free Lakeland who wrote and illustrated “HOT” under the publishing title of Wildart Books said “while this is fantastic news that the University and National Libraries want 5 printed copies of the book (as well as the book to be sent automatically to the British Library’s archive), it means that we will be out of pocket by over £100. “HOT” can be printed as a print on demand book for those who would like an individually printed copy.
The book is freely available to view as an online book ….but the Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries would like printed copies. We have negotiated with them to send one printed copy but it would be great to be able to send five. It is a funny old world when some of the real truths about what is happening in Cumbria regarding the ruthless push for geological dumping and new build can be found in a comic novel, while the public are continually fed the official line by government and industry. It would be great to have these novels published properly but at the moment it is all on a shoe string.” If anyone would like to sponsor the sending of five “HOT” comic novels to the Legal Deposit Libraries please contact Marianne on 015395 63671.
FULL BOOK CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5322792-hot?pid=New
Agency for Legal Deposit Libraries http://www.legaldeposit.org.uk/
POSTCRIPT: A supporter has just rung up to fully sponsor the books being printed and sent to the Legal Deposit Libraries…