#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 17

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: Owen Sheers

I’d give The Rattle Bag edited by Heaney and Hughes. Not only is it a wonderfully eclectic and brilliant collection of poetry, but its unique ordering of the poems – alphabetically by title – makes the appearance of each poem a surprise and a release from any predictability of subject matter or historical period. I’d hope that within the routine of prison life these little surprises would be a gift in themselves, as well as the actual poems.

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