We work with Give a Book, Prison Reading Groups and prisons magazine Inside Time to bring books and their writers together with people in prisons.
We began working with our community to send books to prisons in the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing access to literature to some of those worst affected by lockdowns. We continue to send books to prison inmates, particularly in languages other than English.
In 2023, the RSL joined forces with Inside Time to share RSL Fellows’ book recommendations with prison readers. Our expanding work in prisons will include author visits to prison reading groups, and support of prison libraries and librarians.
Our Members are champions of literature. Their support makes our engagement work in schools and prisons possible and they enable us to celebrate literature in all its wonderful diversity. As a thank you, we give them all the joys of a literary festival and book club rolled into one, all year round.