£5.98 – £11.37

Locked-In, Locked-Down: writing from prison and lockdown

Actions and Detail Panel

From £5.98

Event Information

Share this event

Date and time

Location

Location

Online event

Refund policy

Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Event description
Locked-In, Locked-Down: writing from prison and lockdown

About this event

As we were advised to stay at home in 2020, many of us may be rethinking what we think we know about those in permanent confinement in our prison systems. With lockdown conditions in prisons effectively ending opportunities for prisoners to take part in rehabilitation activities and progress in their sentences, how do we feel about the conditions in prisons now that we’ve experienced some of the issues that arise when our lives are restricted? How can creativity and writing help us to understand these experiences, or support those dealing with the difficulty of uncertainty within uncertainty. Featuring Ryan Gatiss, Bejan Matur, Ashleigh Nugent and chaired by Erwin James, join us for an insightful and important discussion on writing, locked-in and locked-down.

Ryan Gattis is the author of Safe, Kung Fu, and All Involved: A Novel of the 1992 L.A. Riots, which won the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Lire Award for Noir of the Year in France. He lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he is a member of street art crew UGLARworks, and a Prison Writing Mentor for PEN America. His latest novel, The System, is a breakneck journey through every phase of the American criminal justice system.

Born in the ancient Hittite city of Maraş, Bejan Matur is a pioneering figure in contemporary poetry. Translated into 36 languages, and granted numerous awards she has published 11 books. Her music accompanied poetry was presented to a wide audience at prestigious stages like Royal Opera House, King Place London, Ubud (Bali) and the Princeton University. In 2012, her book How Abraham Abandoned Me (Arc, 2012) became the 'Recommended Translation for Spring 2012' by the Poetry Book Society founded by T.S. Eliot. Bejan Matur is a graduate of the Ankara University Faculty of Law, and currently lives between London and Istanbul.

Ashleigh Nugent is a writer, performer, and Creative Director at RiseUp CiC, which empowers prisoners to change through an understanding of their own thoughts, feelings and actions. His latest work, winner of the 2013 Commonword Memoir Competition, LOCKS, is a novel based on the time he spent his 17th birthday in a Jamaican detention centre. The one man show based on the novel, has received rave audience reviews following showings in theatres and prisons throughout the UK. For the past 22 years Ashleigh has used rap, poetry, and literature to help the most vulnerable to develop positive mindsets.

Erwin James has been a Guardian columnist and contributor since 1998. Currently he is Editor in Chief of Inside Time, the national newspaper for people in prison. He became a writer in prison where he served 20 years of a mandatory life sentence. He has been a consultant for Ian Duncan Smith MP on prisoner rehabilitation and a Commissioner on the panel of the Westminster Commission on Miscarriages of Justice alongside Lord Edward Garnier and Baroness Vivien Stern. Erwin is the author of three books: A Life Inside – A Prisoners Notebook, (Atlantic, 2003), The Home Stretch – From Prison to Parole, (Atlantic, 2005) and Redeemable – a Memoir of Darkness and Hope (Bloomsbury, Feb 2016). He has been a Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and the Koestler Trust and is now a patron of the charities: Create, Human Writes, and the Prison Phoenix Trust. He is a Fellow of the RSA and an Honorary Master of the Open University.

You can purchase copies of some of our Writer’s works from our local independent bookstore, News From Nowhere through the links below:

Ashleigh Nugent – LOCKS

Erwin James – Redeemable

Bejan Matur – How Abraham Abandoned Me

Don’t forget to get your WoWFest Festival Pass here, granting you access to the entire festival.*

Keep up to date with our Festival announcements on social media:

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Proudly supported by The Institute of Creative Enterprise at Edge Hill University’s MA in International Creative Enterprise.

*Some exclusions apply - see Festival Programme for more information.

If you are unable to watch this event live, we encourage you to still get your ticket and the link to the stream will be sent to you after the event has finished for you to watch in your own time.

Share with friends

Date and time

Location

Online event

Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Save This Event

Event Saved