Publisher visits HMP Grampian for World Book Night

Allan Sneddon of Olida Publishing
Allan Sneddon of Olida Publishing

A Mintlaw publisher visited HMP Grampian on Wednesday to mark World Book Night.

Allan Sneddon was asked to go along by the Scottish Prison Service as a World Book Night Community Book Giver.

On his visit, Allan met inmates of all ages at the prison’s learning centre and library.

Allan said: “I gave them more than a dozen books suitable for various ages and different genres for their personal use or to be kept at the library.

On his experience at HMP Grampian, Allan said: “It was fantastic.

“To go into what I thought would be a cold, monotone place was actually full of colour and the library they have there is fantastic as it gets people together to speak about books.

“I visited the craft room and found people who openly wanted to know about books and they will give their feedback to members of staff who will then hopefully give the feedback to me.

“They were picking up books asking me about them and if they could read them to their children.”

Allan added: “It is a vision of hope, my visit was quite an eye-opener.”

Allan hopes to start a community programme to enhance inmates’ reading, writing and literacy skills.