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J.K. Rowling Presents Literacy Awards to Prison Inmates

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: sue
March 28, 2008, 12:27 PM

J.K. Rowling recently presented reading awards to inmates at a prison in Edinburgh, Scotland. ITN is reporting today that Jo presented these awards on behalf of the Shannon Trust charity, which according to their website is “devoted to the development of literacy in our prisons through peer to peer mentoring. The charity encourages and helps prisons to develop teams of inmates, who run daily one-on-one lessons for illiterate fellow prisoners.”

After presenting these awards, the Harry Potter author was quoted as saying: “It was a very positive experience. Learning to read represents a significant turning point in anyone’s life, and may be the one thing that makes a difference to help people in prison turn their lives around.” David Ahern from the trust said: “We were delighted that JK Rowling was able to visit. She gave the prisoners a real boost.”

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