Macy Gray, Morris Dance Protest at Parliament, Libraries - Threatened and Reprieved
To mark the 20th anniversary of her best-selling debut album, Macy Gray performs her smash hit I Try, and talks frankly to Kirsty about the challenges she faced after achieving fame and success. She also sings from her latest album, Ruby.
Tomorrow hundreds of Morris dancers will gather outside the Houses of Parliament to protest against the cancellation of next year's early May bank holiday. Gordon Newton, director of the Rochester Sweeps Festival, explains why this decision has so upset traditional dancers, and the impact it will have on events such as the Jack-in-the-Green in Hastings and others, all over the country.
After months of protests Essex county council has dropped plans to close 25 libraries. Instead, the council will now invest £3million into the service to make it “fit for the 21st century”. However plans remain in place to hand some branches over to community groups and the results of a public consultation will be made public tomorrow. To discuss what does make a library fit for the 21st century Kirsty is joined by Liz Miles; writer and Save Our Essex Library campaigner, Tim Coates; Former head of Waterstones bookshops and Councillor Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Customer, Corporate, Culture and Communities.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
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