Tyler’s Story – From the Prison Fiction Project

Every now and again, we get some great feedback and stories from our Prison Fiction Project. Today, we want to share a little bit about one prisoners response to one of our Prison Fiction books, Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing.

Tyler’s Story; a little story about learning to read in prison

It’s probably my drinking that got me into prison.

That and not having a proper job.

I wasn’t bothered about school, but in prison I had a chance to join a reading group. The books are interesting but not too hard to read.

In one book, Forty-six Quid and a Bag of Dirty Washing, we read about Barry, a guy who got mixed up with a drug dealer, but has now just left prison. I saw how he had to make good choices every day – and fill in lots of forms – to stay out of prison. I don’t want to end up back inside again, so I’ve decided that I’m not going to drink on my way home. I won’t get home pissed before the evening’s even started – that just makes me drink more. And I’m going to get better at reading so I can fill in forms when I get out.


Based on a true story. Names have been changed.

Help us to tell more stories like Tyler’s. Support the Diffusion Fiction Project. Just £4.99 puts an easy-to-read book in a prisoner’s hands, to help them to improve their reading confidence while encouraging them to think about life’s big questions. Visit www.spck.org.uk to make a donation or, to volunteer to run a reading group in a prison, please contact prisonfiction@spck.org.uk.