#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 6

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 this week, 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: Russ Litten

The book I would send to a prisoner is Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver. This is the book I have returned to again and again during my writer’s residencies and we never fail to unearth new angles and perspectives within its pages. These short and vivid tales of blue collar American life have a universal appeal because they demonstrate that literature needn’t solely concern itself with the lofty concerns of lofty people. Carver’s characters are ordinary folk trying to get by in difficult circumstances – something nearly every prisoner can relate to.

View the advent calendar here

Read Russ Litten’s response to the restrictions, ‘What Better Way to Rehabilitate than to Read?’ over on the Serpent’s Tail website.


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