The writer Zadie Smith made a rare public appearance to lend her support to a campaign to save two venues in north west London.
The Granville and Carlton community centres in South Kilburn are to be knocked down to make way for housing, as Brent Council claims the buildings are 'underused'.
Parents and staff are fighting the plans and have launched a petition which has received more than 500 signatures.
Smith, who grew up nearby, used north west London as the backdrop for her award-winning book White Teeth. During the event, which was held at The Granville, she gave a reading and Q&A which touched on the area and multiculturalism.