A LOCAL professional storyteller visited Peterhead Prison recently to read extracts from a book to inmates and staff.
As part of World Book Night, the Blacksmith’s daughter, Helen Macdonald, received 20 books to give away to those who don’t read often.
Helen said: “This year, I took the books to Peterhead Prison, storytelling and reading extracts from ‘The Secret Scripture’ to a group of inmates and staff.”
Helen will be returning in a few weeks for a discussion about the book.
Helen said: “The main character is incarcerated in a medical institution for social reasons.
“Gradually her life story is revealed through her writings.
“The time has come for the institution to close and the woman is being assessed by a psychiatrist in order to place her out in the community.”
Speaking about her visit, Helen said: “It was a great morning full of stimulating discussion and attentive listening.
“I am really looking forward to my return visit and hearing their impressions.
Helen added: “I’m hoping to inspire the inmates to look at their own history and find a way of valuing their ancestors, themselves and find their own way of passing on a story. Literacy not required, just a voice!”