Free books donated to Brighton Housing Trust on World Book Night

A special celebration on World Book Night saw local homeless charity Brighton Housing Trust (BHT) receive free books for people affected by homelessness in the city as well as enjoying a special reading by the author Nils Visser.

The event was hosted by the charity on 22nd April where a total of 95 books were donated to clients of BHT’s services, including homeless men and women of Brighton and Hove.

The event enabled people to pick up a free book and find out about local reading, writing and learning opportunities in the area. 

Nils Visser, one of the authors of the book Invisible Voices of Brighton and Hove, was guest speaker, reading from the book and speaking of the group’s event at the Brighton Fringe Festival, which will give homeless and former homeless people a voice. 

Event organiser, Isla Mackintosh, Caseworker at BHT’s Mental Health & Wellbeing Services, said: “We are pleased to be a part of this international event where we have received World Book Night titles including: Last Bus to Coffeeville, J. Paul Henderson, Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig and Am I Normal Yet?, Holly Bourne, from the Reading Agency, and second hand books from BHT staff.

“Very few of our clients own books and read regularly, so holding an event like this makes it possible and inspires people to read.”

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