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Fans And Famous Faces Wish Nicky Well On 40th - South Wales Evening Post, 29th January 2009

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Title: Fans And Famous Faces Wish Nicky Well On 40th
Publication: South Wales Evening Post
Date: Thursday 29th January 2009


The Manic Street Preachers yesterday opened the Welsh capital's new £15m public library.

The Blackwood-born rock band, who are known for their love of literature, wore matching black jackets and unveiled a slate plaque bearing the band's name that will be put in the foyer of the concrete and glass building.

A second metal plaque - based on the cover of their 1996 single A Design For Life - will be placed in the music section..

Bookworm and bassist Nicky Wire said: "It makes me feel like I want to go back to school again.

"I used to go to Blackwood library to revise for my O and A-levels. My mother has gone to the library all her life and she would always bring a book back for me and my dad." Apart from a children's book - called either the Red Hand Gang or the Black Hand Gang - the first book he remembered reading was George Orwell's Animal Farm..

"That was the first book I read that showed me how powerful a book can be," he said.

"At the moment I would say my favourite book is Straw Dogs by John Gray, which is a philosophical book. And One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. Also RS Thomas' Collected Poems." After unveiling the plaque, the band were treated to a version of A Design For Life performed by Cardiff Arms Park Male Choir..