The Liverpool 2019 Prison Lecture

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Liverpool Cathedral

St James Mt

L1 7AZ

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Author of ‘Jailbirds’ and social activist Mim Skinner talks about her experiences of working in a women’s prison.

Organised by the Liverpool Diocesan Council for Social Aid, Adelaide House, Diocese of Liverpool and Liverpool Cathedral, this lecture is open to everyone but might be of particular interest to those working in, or concerned with, the criminal justice system especially those working with women.

This year we will be joined by Mim Skinner who has written a ‘Darkly funny, heartbreakingly poignant’ book about the UK's attitude towards people on the fringes of society and women in general.

Jailbirds isn't a book about statistics and Mim’s lecture will not be either. Mim will engage us with the individual stories of women caught up in our creaking and under-resourced prison system. Women who commit crimes in order get a roof over their head, who star in prison pantomimes and who deal drugs with Apprentice-style entrepreneurship. She will share with us her insights into the experiences of women who have won their battles with addiction or mental health, and those that didn't. About those who will never come back to prison, and those for whom it's the only safe space they've ever known.

Mim Writes: “Headlines and news reports of prison leave us with a boiled-down narrative of goodies and baddies - violent offenders, neglectful mothers and incurable psychopaths, or cruel officers, the evil establishment and sexist judges. But, very rarely, just humans. When I started working in prisons, part of me expected to find this pantomime cast of characters. Instead, I met wonderful, funny, brave and resilient people with complicated stories - on both sides of the bars. Come inside with me and meet them."

Join us for this evening of conversation, sharing of stories and investigation about how we can support women in the judicial system to make changes that will encourage personal and community flourishing.

7 pm – Refreshments (light snacks and wine/soft drinks)

7.30pm – Lecture

8.30pm – Panel Discussion (panel to be confirmed)

9 pm - Departures

We can provide a BSL interpreter please give us notice when you book.

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Liverpool Cathedral

St James Mt

L1 7AZ

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