Friday, 5 February 2016

Prison Talk


How are you?

I've done this before, shared some of the things I read for research. (I love a bit of research!) Right now it's all about women's prisons in the UK, mainly in the 80's and 90's but also present day. It's a fascinating topic, but not that much has been written about it. (Orange is the new Black might be a popular TV series but I'm not sure it's the ideal background material for my next play ...)
When Amazon tells you a used book is in Very Good condition it apparently means it comes with all the pages. (Not necessarily that they're attached to the actual book.)
Two of the books I'm reading are A Woman In Custody and From The Inside. They are both true stories written by women who spent time in the British prison system in the 80's and 90's. Every woman's experience is of course personal, but what seems to surprise many is the care and kindness some members of staff show. Remand centres and prisons can be very harsh and restrictive so every gentle word, generous gesture and moment of understanding is precious. (You don't need to be in prison to appreciate any of those things ... ) Many women are extremely vulnerable when they are taken into custody and being treated with respect and dignity seems to make a big difference in how they behave towards themselves and others. It also affects how they look at the future.

I've only just started but look forward to learning more. If you have any tips on books or articles I should read or videos I can watch, do get in touch!

I hope you have a lovely weekend!