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Michelle Mone Visits HMP Edinburgh

HMP Edinburgh is delighted that Michelle Mone visited on 10th March 2015, to promote and talk to prisoners about her new book. ‘My Fight to the Top’, published by Blink Publishers.

Michelle Mone OBE is one of the most successful businesswomen of her generation. An inspiration for entrepreneurs the world over, Michelle overcame hardship and a difficult childhood to become one of the most lucrative and creative executives in business circles across the globe. From overcoming a tough upbringing in the working class East End of Glasgow, to developing the Ultimo brand into the foremost accessory for women, gaining an OBE and bringing up three children whilst going through a tumultuous divorce, My Fight to the Top is a wonderful tale of how an enterprising spirit, pure ambition and savvy know-how combined to create the UK’s most successful fashion brand.

Michelle’s visit ties in with the launch of HMP Edinburgh’s Six Book Challenge, which encourages and supports prisoners to read. Michelle said ‘Im delighted to be visiting HMP Edinburgh and hope my story will inspire and encourage people, the education of offenders is crucial to the justice system in this country and I want to put out a positive message’

It is hoped Michelle’s visit encourages prisoners to take up the Challenge and follow her success through reading ‘My Fight to the Top’.

Governor In Charge Teresa Medhurt said ‘We are delighted to welcome Michelle Mone to HMP Edinburgh to talk about her inspirational  journey from “East End girl” to international business women and successful entrepreneur. Her story will hopefully encourage individuals to strive reach their full potential and also marks the launch the 2015 Six Book challenge within HMP Edinburgh.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Culture and Sport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “The Council’s reading partnership with the Scottish Prison Service is unique and was highly commended by the national CILIP awards for librarians just last year.

“Since we opened the new prison library in November 2008, membership has increased from a few hundred to 12,000. Over half the convicted population are now library members and hundreds of prisoners have signed up to participate in the ‘Six Book Challenge’, where men and women aim to complete half a dozen reads for a certificate.

“Opening up the world of reading can change people’s lives and this initiative demonstrates that.”

The event was organised by Edinburgh Prisons Library, which is a joint partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council Libraries and the Scottish Prison Service.