#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 16

The #BooksforPrisoners Advent calendar is a ‘Literary Protest’ against the restrictions on books being sent to UK prisoners

Every day until Christmas, a leading writer will be recommending the book that they would send to a prisoner as part of English PEN and the Howard League’s Books for Prisoners campaign.

Whilst the campaign saw a major victory recently, with the High Court ruling that the ban on books for prisoners was unlawful, we need to keep up the pressure until family and friends are once again able to send books to their loved ones in prisons.

Today: Josh Cohen

In lines that spill unstoppably over the end of the page, Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass takes you on a journey across the infinite expanses of the world and of yourself. It never fails to surprise and move me, whether I lose myself in it for five hours or dip into it for five minutes. Alive with imaginative freedom and generosity, it’s the perfect antidote to pettiness and poverty of spirit.

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7 Comments on “#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 16”

  1. I’m impressed by this innovation and response by PEN in England. I’m a Nigerian and I have been following the activities of PEN Nigeria closely-they are also impressive, coordinated and well structured.

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