Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
In the fall of 2011, I was given the
profound opportunity to participate in an internship reading and
critiquing the writing of inmates. This experience deeply affected me,
leading to my continued dedication to prison education and belief in the
power of books and writing to change lives. Below are some of my favorite
pieces of prison lit, some written by inmates themselves, some by
teachers who have been brave enough to cross the thresholds of America’s
prisons. They serve as a stark reminder of the realities of prison life,
giving a voice to an often otherwise-forgotten population.