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Petition to support a new and improved Poetry Library | 29-Jun-13

Southbank Centre is proposing to refurbish a large part of its site, which we are calling The Festival Wing.  This complex, which includes the QEH, Purcell Room, Hayward Gallery and surrounding spaces has hardly been touched since it was built in the late 1960s and badly needs a comprehensive overhaul.  In addition, the new development will create an ambitious range of new spaces for rehearsal, education, children and young people, new kinds of performance, libraries, galleries and places to eat and drink.

The development will include a wonderful new home for the Poetry Library, with more space for the books and for quiet study, performance and workshop facilities, and a dedicated Children's Poetry Library. The Poetry Library celebrates its 60th birthday this year and we believe this new development will place us in the best possible postition as we look forward to our next 60 years.

The scheme has received a hugely positive response. There is also controversy around the moving of the skate-park from the QEH Under-croft to a neighbouring river-front site. You can find out more about the Festival Wing proposals, including the skate-park question, by visiting  Southbank Centre have examined all the options and strongly believe that this move is essential for the success of the scheme.

If you support the Southbank Centre's plans and would like to see the Poetry Library grow and develop please take a moment to sign our petition:

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