Back in London the city I grew up in, I found myself seeing the world like a tourist.
Visiting a friend in Elephant and Castle, the size of the empty buildings overwhelmed me.
I couldn't even go shopping without being distracted by light, space and scale.
Every window demanded that I peer in through it.
I returned to a squat in Archway but all I found was boarded windows and this helpful sign.
So you may remember back in October I posted a blog entry about the inspiring story of the squatters at Friern Barrnet Library. (If you need your memory refreshed, you can see it here)
Well I've been keeping an eye on this story & been to see them a few times and I'm sad to say that yesterday, after two days in court, they were given an eviction notice. Subject to appeal and despite a huge campaign from the local community, the librarians will have to be out in six weeks time.
You can see reports of the court case at the guardian or the times
Or read a personal report of the story on the Barnet Eye Blog here:
Below are some of the pictures I have taken over the last few months.
All books and furniture were donated by members of the community.
All work was done by local volunteers.
Excess books weer sold to pay for running costs.
The library will be open on Christmas day. They are inviting people to bring a dish and eat with them.