Win a signed copy of Ian Rankin’s No.1 bestseller

We’re excited to giveaway 2 signed copies of Ian Rankin’s book: In A House of Lies – which has shot to number 1 in the UK bestseller charts!

Ian – a longtime friend of Streetreads – joined us earlier in October to celebration this amazing initiative and welcome it into the Streetwork family. Through Streetreads, we can make it easier for people struggling with homelessness to have easy access to books they want to read as well as reading glasses, storytelling events, literacy support and other initiatives.

We would love to see more people involved! People can help by volunteering, offering donations, hosting workshops – the sky’s is the limit. There’s more information on our Streetreads page
Thought this giveaway competition, we’re inviting Twitter users to help us spread the word about Streetwork and Streetreads.
We want people to retweet our message and follow us @Streetread @Street_work
Here are the links to the tweets:
Full terms and conditions are below.
Thanks for your help!


  1. The promoter is: Streetwork UK whose registered office is at 18 South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1LL.
  2. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. This competition is running on Twitter only.
  5. Closing date for entry will be 1pm on Friday 2 November 2018. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  7. How you enter the competition:
    To enter the competition, the entrant must be following @Streetreads or @Street_work on Twitter and have retweeted one of the following tweets:  Streetreads: Streetwork:
  8. Each person (i.e. Twitter profile) can enter a maximum of two entries by following both @streetreads and @street_work accounts. Only one entry will be accepted per person per account. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  9. Streetwork reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible.
  10. The prize is 1 x signed copy of Ian Rankin’s book: In A House of Lies (hardcover)
  11. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable.
  12. Two winners will be chosen at random by an independent adjudicator.
  13. The winners will be notified by a Direct Message on Twitter within 7 days of the closing date.
  14. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 7 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  15. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  16. Streetwork will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  17. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by Scottish law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.
  19. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Books to bring space and solace for capital’s rough sleepers

Media Release – 11.10.2018
SCOTS novelist, Ian Rankin, is to be joined by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, in supporting a scheme that sees books being distributed to people who are rough sleeping, in Edinburgh.
The Inspector Rebus creator is backing an initiative adopted by local homelessness charity, Streetwork, which includes literacy classes and a network of outlets offering free books.
‘Streetreads’ will also see books being handed out to people on the streets and in emergency accommodation, recognising that a book can provide a place of space and solace.

An official celebration at the Storytelling Centre, in Edinburgh, will coincide with a call out to well-known individuals in the literary world, to become ambassadors. Plus to the general public, to help hand out books, co-ordinate their collection and fundraise.
Streetreads is the brainchild of local woman, Rachel Cowan (aka #bookwumman), who started it after she got to know a homeless person who was a keen reader.
She said: “The impact a book can have on a homeless reader is huge. Our books are given as a gift and are in excellent or even new condition so our readers know they are getting a present which is given with respect and love.”
Said Ian Rankin: “I’ve been a long-time fan of Streetreads and have seen first-hand the great work they do. Books can transport us anywhere, to times and worlds that excite and stimulate. That’s hugely important, no matter who you are or what your circumstances.”
Lorraine McGrath, chief executive of Streetwork and its sister charity, Glasgow-based Simon Community Scotland, said: “At Streetwork, we create connections with people from every background, circumstance and organisation – supporting people into recovery and off the street.”
“Stories – our own and those of others – are a great way of connecting with each other and Streetreads is a beautifully-engaging way to do this.”
“For most people, reading a book is a delightful, everyday pastime. Through Streetreads, this ordinary activity is more easily available to people facing and recovering from homelessness in Edinburgh.”
“We have been friends of Streetreads and Rachel for some time, loving the work she’s done in creating this amazing service.”
“We are delighted to bring this fabulous initiative to Streetwork, working with Ian Rankin and other supporters to reach further and build new exciting connections and opportunities for those we support.”

The launch is being supported by investment management firm, Baillie Gifford, which is headquartered in Edinburgh.
Sam Pattman, sponsorship manager at Baillie Gifford, said: “By giving away books to homeless readers, Streetreads ensures that – no matter what an individual’s circumstances are – reading is still a possibility. As a firm, Baillie Gifford advocates the importance of literature, which is why we are delighted to support this incredibly worthwhile initiative.”

Notes to editors:
The official launch of Streetreads is taking place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, on Thursday October 11, between 1400 and 1600hours.
You are invited to send a representative, by first contacting Lydia Bennett on 0131 344 0825.
Photographs from the launch are available, afterwards, via Please credit: Euan Robertson.
Attending: People with experience of homelessness and Streetwork volunteers, Ian Rankin and First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Minister for Local Government and Planning, Kevin Stewart MSP. Plus Lorraine McGrath, CEO Streetwork and Simon Community Scotland; Rachel Cowan, creator of Streetreads; Linda Holden, chair of Streetwork; Mary Craig OBE, chair of Simon Community Scotland; Sam Pattman, sponsorship manager, Baillie Gifford; Helen Mill, executive director at The Village Storytelling Centre in Glasgow; Gavin Francis, GP and award-winning author; and other guests.
About Streetreads:
Streetreads provide books, reading glasses, storytelling workshops and literacy support to people experiencing homelessness.
The initiative is supported by volunteers and welcomes involvement from anyone who wants to support this work through workshops, fundraising, book distribution or other initiatives.
A wide range of people are invited to get involved and make a difference including writers, publishers, profile raisers, optometrists, educators, creative thinkers and enthusiasts.
Streetreads outlets (contact Streetwork for opening times): 
Streetwork Holyrood Hub, Holyrood Road
Streetwork on South Bridge
Soul Food at St Paul’s & St George’s Church
Soul Food at Mustard seed St Margaret’s Church
Super Saturday at Old St Paul’s Church hall
Broomhouse COSS One Stop Shop
Edinburgh NW Foodbank
Bethany creative writing group
Edinburgh Access Practice
Cunningham House hostel
Safe Haven Leith
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About Streetwork
Homelessness charity, Streetwork, enables life off the street for people in Edinburgh who face extremely difficult circumstances.
Everyday, the team reach out, respond and help people resolve their homelessness so that they can recover and thrive.
Founded in 1991, Streetwork’s ‘street team’ is regularly joined by the likes of GPs and vets, to provide practical assistance to people sleeping rough (and any pets they might have).
Streetwork operates out of two premises in central Edinburgh, on South Bridge, and on Holyrood Road (a support and amenities hub for people who are homeless).
Among the facilities at the Streetwork Holyrood hub: individualised support, health services, digital skills training, employability services, washing facilities, telephones, internet access and correspondence address, etc.
The Streetwork visiting outreach team go out and meet with people in a wide range of settings including people living in hostels and temporary accommodation to build connections and positive relationships in order to support those who are most at risk of homelessness.
Streetwork is a sister charity of Simon Community Scotland, a Scottish homelessness charity based in Glasgow.
Visit, @street_work
Telephone: 0131 344 0825. Its ‘street team’ can be contacted on freephone: 0808 178 2323 or by email: by anyone who has concerns or needs advice.