Call for volunteers: Prison Reading Groups 2018

“Prison Reading Groups (PRG) promotes the spread of reading groups in prisons and provides support and funding for those who run them. The project began in 1999 and now works with over forty groups in more than thirty-five prisons nationwide. The groups are informal and encourage reading for pleasure. Members choose what they read and the books are theirs to keep or pass on to others.”


Together with their parent charity Give a Book, PRG has gained a grant from Wandsworth Council to provide workshops for prisoner father and a final family reading event at Wandsworth Prison. These workshops will be led by David Kendall, a very experienced prison reading consultant. He describes the aim as follows:

“These workshops at HMP Wandsworth will focus on reading within the family, and particularly on improving fathers’ understanding of the importance of reading with/to their children. The workshops include looking at different types of stories, ways of engaging children in books, and how fathers can best choose books for their children. By the end of the workshop fathers will be more confident in their abilities to connect their children with books, and know which books will appeal to them.” David Kendall

It will consist of five workshops with up to eight participants in each, and a family event which welcomes partners, families and children of the prisoners. PRG would like volunteers from the NCRCL to help with one or more of the workshops and/or the family event. These are likely to take place during the February 2019 half-term. To volunteer or request further information, contact PRG Director Sarah Turvey ( by mid-November. Sarah will be speaking and available for questions at this year’s NCRCL/IBBY conference on Saturday 10th Nov. More information about the event and the link to the ticket store can be found here.


About Emily Corbett

I'm working on my PhD in YA literature with the National Centre of Research in Children's Literature @ Roehampton University. I'm the administrator for the Trans Studies Network UK. I'm co-editing RoundTable academic journal 2019. I'm the editor for the NCRCL's blog. I'm also organising a couple of conferences, teaching a few students and generally keeping my to-do-list longer than my thesis!

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