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: Ali Smith
I’d send Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road, a book all about the unexpected paths and directions life takes and the ways we form our own lives regardless, both because of and in reaction against those expected directions – but most of all because it’s such a great and spirited read, inspiring, funny, lyrical, unputdownable, always hopeful.