Wapping’s Little Free Library was opened by an author who based her futuristic novels on the East End patch.

The facility, intended to encourage residents of all ages to read more, is the first of its kind in Tower Hamlets.

Hackney-based Stephanie Saulter handed out signed copies of novels from her Evolution trilogy after officially opening the library in Wapping High Street on Wednesday, October 21.

She said: “Today I got to do something I bet many writers dream of, I got to open a library.

“Granted, it’s a little library, a very little library.

“But I’m a big fan of what the Little Free Libraries and, indeed, all libraries do for their communities, but this particular library in this particular place has a huge resonance with my own work.

“I was very aware of the historic and cultural significance of the different parts of the city that I used in the novels.

“The area of east London where the majority of my characters live is known to them as the squats and it’s a safe haven for homeless, victimised and marginalised people – a place from which they can begin to rebuild their lives.

“In our time, that same area is known as Wapping.”

The facility was made possible with the help of social landlord Tower Hamlets Community Housing.