Little Acts of Rebellion and Love

We held a series of events in Scotland’s Prisons this summer, expanding a programme which in 2017 led an attendee to say the experience made them ‘feel recognised as human beings’. Read on to find out more.

Unlocking Literature in Scotland’s Prisons

A highlight of the year-round Booked! programme, our work in Scotland’s prisons has been stimulating and rewarding for offenders, authors and staff alike. Here, Projects Manager Casi Dylan considers its progress so far, and its future development. Ryan Gattis – tall, tattooed, in jeans, cardigan and tie – stands in front of an audience at HMP Greenock and begins his …

On the road in August

Our Booked! programme in August was the biggest we have delivered yet. Making the most of the fantastic authors who join us in Edinburgh for the Book Festival, we toured to three towns and cities with mini-Festivals, took writers to the Hebrides to launch a fascinating new intercontinental partnership, and visited three Scottish prisons for five events, including two with …

HMP Edinburgh and Greenock

Booked! and the Book Festival have a longstanding commitment to engaging prison inmates in literary and cultural activities. Building on the success of an event with musician Edwyn Collins last year, we continued our relationship with HMP Edinburgh with another Booked! event in 2016. As a reformed convicted murderer who completed a life sentence, author Erwin James was a particularly …