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John and Daisy’s mentoring story

John and Daisy’s mentoring story



The National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance’s (NCJAA) professional mentoring scheme provides opportunities for early career arts in criminal justice practitioners to get support and guidance from experts within the field. Mentors are also offered professional development opportunities, including at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Last year, mentee Daisy Lees, Director of Arts La’Olam, […]

Hear her: women’s voices through poetry

Hear her: women’s voices through poetry



Last month National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance chair, Alison Frater, attended the launch of a new London centre for women who have been through the criminal justice system or experienced violence. Here, she shares some of the poems and stories she heard from the women using it. The event Hear Her: Women’s Voices Through Poetry […]

Macbeth in HMP Gartree

Macbeth in HMP Gartree



Rowan MacKenzie reflects on the process of rehearsing and performing an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in a prison and what it may mean for the nine men involved. I began as a volunteer at HMP Gartree in early 2018. Trying to establish a group of men to work on rehearsing and performing Macbeth was initially […]

University and prison partnerships: how film allowed women to be authors of their own representation

University and prison partnerships: how film allowed women to be authors of their own representation



Lindsay Morgan (Edinburgh Napier University’s Arts and Creative Industries Placement Officer), talks about the placement programmes run at HMP Edinburgh and HMP Polmont. She shares the latest outcome of the creative partnership, On the Outside, a film made in collaboration with four women who previously served sentences at HMP Polmont. Edinburgh Napier University has a […]

Penned Up at HMP Downview

Penned Up at HMP Downview



Written as an address to himself, in this blog David Kendall reflects on how he measures the success of a two week arts and literature festival at HMP Downview. Penned Up is created with and for those in prison. Its two directors, Mark Hewitt and David Kendall, work with each prison to form a committee […]