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image for Talk item typeWriting on the Inside at Lakeside Theatre

Talk, Fri 9 Mar 2018


Essex Book Festival


University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,


Drawing on the success of our Writing on the Inside workshops, ­panelists Femi Keeling (writer and workshop leader), Jon Crane (researcher), Louisa Steel (Essex Libraries) discuss the importance of providing writing opportunities in prison, and the transformative nature of creative writing. The panel, chaired by Antonia Byatt, Interim Director at English PEN, will open with a reading of the prisoners’ work by one of the workshop participants.


This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Crime & Punishment Symposium, taking place at the University of Essex.

Over the last three years Essex Book Festival, Essex Libraries, University of Essex and English PEN have collaborated on a series of creative writing workshops, Writing on the Inside, for prisoners in HMP/YOI Chelmsford. It was a hugely valuable experience for all concerned. We are hosting a Crime and Punishment Symposium to share this experience with a wider audience, and to debate a variety of issues and challenges for offenders and their families.

Full Programme:

2.45 – 4.00pm: Panel 1
Writing on the Inside
Free, booking essential

4.15 – 5.30pm: Panel 2
Transitions and Integrations
Free, booking essential

7.30pm: Author Talk
Erwin James: Redeemable – A Memoir of Darkness and Hope
£7 / £5 (27yrs and under)

FESTIVAL 4 – MULTIPLE EVENT OFFER: This year we are offering four events for the price of three on selected talks – Just choose any four events with the ‘Festival 4’ symbol when booking in person, over the phone or online.

Praise for Matchbox Theatre:

“[Matchbox Theatre] is a delicious jeu d’esprit, and every page is stamped with Frayn’s comic genius.” Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

“One of the few authors to have had huge success with both theatrical and novelistic fictions has combined the best of both in a lovely book.” Mark Lawson, Guardian

“He seems to be writing for the sheer pleasure of writing . . . It’s like watching the
?most abstract, highbrow TV sketch show you can imagine.” ?Marcus Berkmann, Spectator

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the and the Guardian and Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation’s three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.

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Dates Times
Fri 9 Mar 2018


Booking essential via Eventbrite

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Map reference: TM 027238  Lat: 51.87590 Long: 0.94333

Situated with the University of Essex campus at Wivenhoe Park

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Wivenhoe station


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