Reviews and comment from the Demon Crew - creative writers at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Eliminating Bars

Alistair Fruish's talk began with him discussing what made him choose to be a Writer-in-Residence; he chose to work in a prison more out of personal interest and curiosity than anything else. 
His talk was engaging, interesting and revealed what it is really like inside a prison. Alistair also emphasised that keeping the prisoners interested in something whilst inside can have an impact on their lives on the outside and make them less likely to re-offend.

It's a genuine shame that there are only around 10 people in the country doing what he does: making films, putting on plays and writing stories, making life inside more bearable and keeping connections with family members outside.

Fruish's job makes a real difference and I'm glad I had the pleasure of hearing him discuss it.

Alexandra Kilcran

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