Books Unlocked has broadcast every evening on National Prison Radio for over a decade. It’s a partnership with the National Literacy Trust.
Listeners can write in to request a free copy of the featured book. Readers are then encouraged to follow the text along with the show.
National Prison Radio recently welcomed the international bestselling author Esi Edugyan, whose book Washington Black was on the shortlist in 2018.
Ali, who first worked with National Prison Radio inside HMP Brixton in 2019, now produces and presents the daily breakfast show, Porridge.
You can listen to the interview with Esi Edugyan below:
This year, Esi is the chair of the 2023 judging panel for The Booker Prize. The shortlist of six books was announced in September 2023 and the winner’s ceremony takes place on Sunday 26 November in London.
Books Unlocked is produced in partnership with the National Literacy Trust and the Booker Prize Foundation. It airs every night of the year at 11pm on National Prison Radio.