BOOKS have been donated to a women’s refuge and lifeboat stations to encourage people to read.
Wordsouth, a new literacy scheme in The Pallant, Havant, applied for copies of books as part of last Saturday’s World Book Night, where a million books were given away to the British public.
Wordsouth has donated copies of Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife to Havant Women’s Aid, as well as copies of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi to the RNLI stations in Portsmouth and Hayling Island.
Regarding her donation to the refuge, Anne Jenkins, director of Wordsouth, said: ‘The monologues in this book slant well-known stories and fables to the perspective of the neglected women behind feted and powerful male figures of history.’
About the RNLI’s new book, she added: ‘They are familiar with being cast adrift in open sea and I hope the story will keep them believing in the miracles they constantly perform in a day’s work. We hope the crew might not only read their copy but later pass it on to the people they rescue.’