Archive for January, 2012

It must of took all of 5 seconds to decide to accept the invitation from The Howard League Student Group housed at Birmingham City University I love Birmingham its a great city. I lived there for 2 years after studying my first degree and the people are fantastic and the sense of humour is on a par with the Pompey boys I have great friends from my time there.

I will be talking to 150 criminology students about the book and the RSA article about the benefits of writing in prison and anything else they wish to know about my time in the system.

My thanks to David Wilson at BCU and Sophie for bringing it all together I am looking forward to the event Wednesday 29th Febriuary and look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

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6.30pm, Wednesday 8 February

Venue: Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA

There’s a literacy crisis in the UK prison system and we need to do something about it. At the event we’ll be asking what role literature can play in our criminal justice system: What’s being done? What more can we do? Focusing on practical steps forward with a panel of leading experts and writers, this special English PEN action event is for everyone concerned with literature and justice and will involve people from across the charity and prison sectors

The details are on the link http://www.englishpen.org/events/penevents/unlocked-thecrisisinprisons/.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Well the Little Book of Prison A Beginners Guide momentum is moving forwards so fast its like I’m holding on for dear life to a runaway train.

After being a prisoner and losing everything including my mind I leapt on the opportunity to write this article, a huge thank you to Liz and Charlotte for helping me put this together its an amazing magazine talking about Mental Health head on, please let me know what you think

http://www.mentalhealthy.co.uk/psychology/bipolar/mental-health-in-prison.html

Happy New Year here’s to a successful 2012 to one and all.

I felt a huge sense of pride completing another thought-provoking article this time for the RSA. It took me a few attempts to be finally happy with this but I think the stronger I feel about a subject the more critical I am to produce something that gives the maximum message impact (if you know what I mean).  Thank you to Rachel O’Brien for helping me to shape this article and get it published please let me know what you think here’s the article link below

http://comment.rsablogs.org.uk/2011/12/20/afford-writing-prison/