Cultural Capital 9 February 2011 Michael Chanan's video blog: Defending libraries FILM: Mary Warnock, Blake Morrison and south London residents take action against library closures. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Across the country, 5 February saw read-ins at dozens of libraries threatened with closure. Michael Chanan filmed four of them in south London, along the way encountering Mary Warnock, Lucy Mangan, Blake Morrison, a lot of angry and articulate local residents, the duo Sly & Reggie, and the University of Strategic Optimism. Michael Chanan is professor of film at Roehampton University. His video blog documents the emerging anti-cuts movement and will lead to a full-length film. You can watch previous instalments here. › An opera virgin's view of Lucrezia Borgia Subscribe For the latest TV, art, films and book reviews subscribe for just £1 per month!