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Shared reading for people leaving prison



National reading charity, The Reader, is working with Suffolk Libraries to launch a new kind of Shared Reading community in Suffolk. Through reading aloud together, the charity hopes to transform rehabilitation for local people leaving prison, improve their wellbeing and build a community. Funded by Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), the year-long ‘through the […]

Requirements for prison education and library services

Requirements for prison education and library services



The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published a Policy Framework that details the minimum mandatory requirements that governors and prison staff must adhere to in the provision of education and library services in adult prisons in England. We are pleased to see that the framework recognises a prison library must: promote reading as a source […]

Koestler Trust on BBC Radio 4

Koestler Trust on BBC Radio 4



Prison arts charity, the Koestler Trust, is taking part in BBC Radio 4‘s upcoming charity appeal. This Sunday, tune in to hear the story of John, a former Koestler Awards entrant and mentee who made the journey from a young offenders institution to the Venice Biennale. Support the Koestler Trust! The support that Koestler has given me […]

New guide to evidencing arts and culture

New guide to evidencing arts and culture



The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has published The Cultural Learning Evidence Champion’s Handbook. This handbook is designed to make it easier not only to ‘do’ evidence and evaluation, but to love them, to become a champion for them and spread the good word throughout arts and cultural education.” […]

Writer reflects on making work with ‘real’ people

Writer reflects on making work with ‘real’ people



Luke Barnes, writer of The Jumper Factory (Young Vic theatre, 27th February – 9th March, tickets) – a new play developed in collaboration with men from HMP Wandsworth – has written an article for Exeunt Magazine titled Making work with ‘real’ people. In it, he reflects on how to ask “a group of people from a background […]