Unsilencing the library by Ceri Hunter, Eleanor Lybeck and Sophie Ratcliffe
This article has been published on the OUP Blog. It begins:
Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set uponthe freedom of my mind.” So wrote Virginia Woolf in her famous 1929 essay on reading and freedom, A Room of One’s Own. Earlier this year, a team of academics at Oxford University were invited through the locked gates of HMP Bullingdon, to attend one of the reading groups facilitated by the charity, Prison Reading Groups, held in the prison’s small library.