Men's Prison Book Group Offers Safe Space to Express Emotions16 May 2023
When the book group at Tongariro Men's Prison selected "The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes" as one of their reads this year, the team at BDS weren't sure how it would be received. The story centres on single mum 'Rabbit' Hayes, who is coming to the end of her innings...prematurely. Gathered at the hospice in her final days are her friends and family, recalling and celebrating the life she has led to the full.
Led by two volunteers, the group rated the book 4.5 stars out of five and had this to say:
"Very powerful and moving read. Many tears shed. It was good for the men to speak and share their emotions."
We think this highlights two key benefits of book group: connecting unlikely readers to books they might not otherwise have chosen, and opening hearts and minds through the experience of shared reading. Your donations help us deliver these benefits (and more) to book groups in prisons around NZ — thank you!
If you'd like to learn more about volunteering with us to deliver a prison book group or our other social agenda groups, please visit www.bds.org.nz/about/social-agenda or contact us for more information.