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#LibrariesAreEssential Case Study – Edinburgh Book Festival at HM Prison Library, Edinburgh

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In this #LibrariesAreEssential series, we’ll be sharing case studies and contributions from key figures that demonstrate the vital value of Scotland’s libraries, now more than ever, as we look to a brighter future post-pandemic. For details of how to submit your own case study, please click here.

Case study kindly submitted by Barbara Brown, Lifelong Learning Service Development Leader

Edinburgh Book Festival at HM Prison Library, Edinburgh

‘In partnership with Edinburgh Book Festival, Edinburgh Libraries at HM Prison, Edinburgh welcomed Matt Wesolowski on 26th August 2019, to talk about his journey as an author and to answer questions from keen readers and aspiring writers in prison.

The visit was a huge success, the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive. 100% rated the event 5 out of 5. After the event, 80% said they would be more likely to read or re-read a book, share a book or recommend a book to family and friends; and 100% said that they would be more likely to try something new or achieve a goal.

Matt’s visit was fabulous; he was a wonderful speaker and someone our audience could really relate to. We have many aspiring writers at HM Prison, Edinburgh, and Matt’s visit was inspiring and engaging. Everyone loved him and we can’t wait to welcome him back, in the future.’

Feedback from some of Matt’s audience members:

‘The speaker really connected with the audience. He had a deep connection and understanding of those in attendance.’

‘Matt came over as real, normal and genuinely interested in his audience.’

‘Has given me motivation to continue writing.’

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