#BooksforPrisoners Advent Calendar Day 7

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: Harriet Gilbert

Short and Sweet: 101 very short poems ed Simon Armitage (Faber & Faber).

This is, as it says on the tin, a brilliant collection of poems of which the longest has 13 lines, the shortest no lines at all. They’re funny, sad, wise, daft… by poets as various as Carol Ann Duffy and Gerald Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson and Grace Nichols, WB Yeats and Anonymous. There has to be at least one poem in here to love, even learn. (My late father once told me that when he was in solitary, as a PoW, it was reciting poetry to himself that kept him sane.)

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