Libraries Week: Gemma Cairney

Libraries Week arrives on Monday 9th October and a huge highlight in Hampshire Libraries’ celebrations  is the arrival of popular broadcaster and writer Gemma Cairney to Basingstoke Discovery Centre on Tuesday 10th October.


BBC Radio presenter, TV personality, journalist and teen ambassador Gemma Cairney OPENs up to talk about how magic and messed up life can be: from mental health to families to first love, and everything in between. Gemma has already amassed an audience of inspired young readers, listeners, followers and viewers and in her latest work ‘Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be‘  she takes her attitude, intelligence, humour, honesty and above all, inspirational nature to a whole new level.

Hear what she has to say, pose your own questions and join in the discussion. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential.

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Her presenting style, her undeniable character, and ultimately her writing in her latest work, have been warmly received and widely celebrated:

“If you ever needed a wise best friend in a book, this is it.” – Caitlin Moran, reviewing ‘Open’.

“She’s a radio natural: upbeat, engaging and knowledgeable about music. I admire the way she has broadened and honed her presenting technique through hard-hitting documentaries” – Miranda Sawyer, journalist and broadcaster.

“Gemma is absolutely brilliant! Long may she continue to use her voice to such a powerful effect.” – Annie Lennox, musician and songwriter.

“Gemma Cairney: funny hair, funny clothes, funny laugh, funny girl.” – Trevor Nelson (BBC Radio DJ)

And what better time to bring such a fun and exciting writer to our libraries than Libraries Week? We are excited to show all the many ways that libraries enrich the community and inspire many to learn, to listen, to share, to participate and to enjoy. Stay up to date with all the Libraries Week events as we confirm more at


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