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A Shining Future


Writing and prints from prisons and secure hospitals in the North West of England

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This anthology was first published to coincide with its 2014 Koestler Exhibition for the North West: Snail Porridge, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith. It reveals young people’s response to some of the ingenious, moving and witty writing generated by the 2013 Koestler Awards in the North West.

The Koestler Trust and Castlefield Gallery worked with a group of young people from HM Prison & Young Offender Institution Thorn Cross in Warrington, engaging them with poems and stories by people in other prisons ans secure hospitals in their local area. Through workshop, kindly funded by the the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, the group read and discussed the writing. They then learned linocutting techniques and used these to engage and respond to he texts. This anthology shares both the resulting linocuts and the writing that inspired them.

Paperback: 68 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9574101-3-8