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Roddy Doyle launches his Quick Read at HMP Brixton

4 Feb 2015

Roddy Doyle visited a reading group at HMP Brixton this morning to discuss his first Galaxy Quick Read®, Dead Man Talking. The event took place ahead of the launch of 2015 Quick Reads on Thursday 5 February and the inclusion of the title in the National Literacy Trust’s Books Unlocked programme, funded by the Booker Prize Foundation.

Books Unlocked is a reading initiative for prisoners and young offenders which has been running since 2012. This year, Dead Man Talking will be included alongside six Man Booker Prize-shortlisted titles that participants will be able to read, discuss and own, including Roddy Doyle’s Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. It was for this title that Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize 22 years ago, making him the first winner to have written a Quick Read.

As well as copies of the title, Books Unlocked provides learning resources to support prison and young offender institution librarians to explore themes in the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted books with their reading group. Creative writing journals with hints and tips from the featured Man Booker Prize-shortlisted authors are also available.

The reading group activity will be delivered in conjunction with a serialisation of the audiobooks on National Prison Radio’s Books Unlocked show (a radio service broadcasting into prisons and young offender institutions, reaching a potential 73,000 prisoners). The National Literacy Trust will also work with National Prison Radio and Prison Reading Groups to distribute the titles to more prisoners and young offenders in the coming months.

Find out more about Books Unlocked here

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