Reviews and comment from the Demon Crew - creative writers at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Friday, 27 February 2015
Art in Prisons: a sobering experience
The talk I attended was not about writing, though it was given by a writer. It was about people. It was about those the system failed, those who are imprisoned for their actions and what led to this sad situation.
The levels of illiteracy in our prison system are frankly ludicrous, and this man Alistair Fruish is one of only a handful of men and women trying to make a difference.
I learned that the prison system has its own TV stations, newspapers, and that men like Mr. Fruish work with the prisoners to make films, radio plays, works of fiction, to help develop and rehabilitate them.
This is good work, and I pray that it continues.