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Tumeke – Book Appeal Reaps Dividends

Tumeke – Book Appeal Reaps Dividends


Tim Selwyn - Prison Blog 29

So I was sifting through many hundreds of books, many excellent modern fiction paper and hardbacks along with numerous magazines. I’m informed there is a similar amount waiting up top that I will sort through later.

What a stunning response from kind-hearted people all over the country who took the time, effort and expense to make a contribution. Many donated without putting any sender’s details, but others did and at the risk of turning into a telethon I’d like to acknowledge:

B. Downey, O’Neil whanou, J. Wilson, ACP, Bay of Islands Hospice, Bidwell, R. Spencer, J. Bennett, C. Walker, ZOO and others yet to be processed. On behalf of the prisoners who can read, I thank you all deeply.

The library will be somewhere in the magnitude of tripled in volume and probably expanded ten-fold in quality. Although I have been assured of visiting privileges to it, I was only allowed to take a handful of Time magazines and two books with me back to my new unit (Salt: A World History and Longitude). It was a painful choice; a cruel task to have set. In the end I had to choose two histories over two novels out of the short list of ten I had made. God, there were some good books in there – and then there were the magazines. It was torture; but what a delectable torture. Having come from such unexpected generosity I find myself humbled and startled. Tumeke!

DON’T FORGET Tim’s Book and magazine collection for the Prison Library, please send your books and magazines to: Tim Selwyn Librarian/Unit 7 Hawkes Bay Prison Private Bag 1600 Napier, NZ

Tim Selwyn (Editor of Tumeke!) PRN 60477981 Hawkes Bay Prison Currently appealing sedition conviction


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