How do prison communities make use of libraries? What fiction is most popular, and how do education and gender play a role within the curation of prison book collections?
As part of the Big Book Review - the largest ever survey of opinions about what fiction is really valued by readers across Britain - Professor Sebastian Groes (University of Wolverhampton) from the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Novel Perceptions project speaks to prison librarians from across the UK to understand how prisoners make use of libraries.
Evidence suggests that participation in prison education reduces reoffending and increases P45 employment. How does reading fit in with HM Prison & Probation Service’s policy to support upskilling, improve literacy, and stimulate effective resettlement? What can those outside of prisons learn from HMPPS’s aim to promote reading as a source of pleasure and opportunity for wider cultural engagement? How can we ensure that conversations about the books we value as a society include all voices? Come along for a unique insight into the world of reading in prisons.