London Book Fair 2018
The Kittiwake Trust was Charity of the Year at LBF 2018. We presented a seminar entitled
Books in Prison: a legitimate means of escape
. The panel members are listed below and the video is at the foot of the page.
Former Prison Governor
Frances Crook OBE
The Howard League
Appointed Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform in 1986, Frances Crook has been responsible for research programmes and campaigns to raise public concern about the penal system. The charity has campaigned to reduce child arrests, reduce the over-use of custody and improve conditions in prison. Under her direction the number of staff and turnover of the charity have grown twenty-fold. The charity provides legal advice to children and young adults in custody and has taken a number of successful judicial reviews that have improved the treatment of young people in custody and on release.
She writes articles for the national media and frequently does interviews on radio and television news.
She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours list 2010
She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Department of Criminology at Leicester University.
Editor, Inside Time
Luke is a trustee & volunteer at Haven Distribution, a small volunteer-led charity which has been sending books to prisoners all over the UK since 1996. Haven's primary focus is sending in educational books for those who are studying a course inside, but they also run a number of catalogues from which any prisoner can order books for free. Every adult prison in the UK has received books from Haven, and they have supported thousands of prisoners studying hundreds of different courses. Luke has been involved with Haven for three years, and has written about their work for InsideTime, openDemocracy and Verso, among others. He has spoken about Haven on the Pluto Press podcast and on Novara Media's "Lockdown" podcast.
Amina Marix Evans
The Kittiwake Trust
Amina has been involved with books since her first job at the library of the Institute of Race Relations in the late 1960s. She subsequently worked in bookshops in Sydney and London, publishing companies in the UK and the Netherlands as rights manager, editor, freelance translator, copy editor, and translation rights agent.
She set up Borderline Books in the Netherlands in 2001 and brought it to the UK in 2006. It is part of the Kittiwake Trust which was constituted as a community organisation in 2009 and became a charity in 2016.
Since July 2017 Borderline Books has been listed in the Hardman Directory and requests for books have poured in from people in prison all over the UK. Of the 14,222 books redistributed by Borderline Books in 2017, almost 6,000 went to police custody suites, prison libraries and education departments, individual prisoners, probation, NEPACS and organisations supporting prison leavers.
Books in Prison - a legitimate means of escape
with Mike Kirby, Frances Crook, Erwin James, David Kendal, Luke Billingham and Amina Marix Evans