Patrons Welcomed

Writers in Prison Foundation is pleased to welcome our first four patrons.

Dr Silvia Casale, CMG

She is former Chairperson of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT/OPCAT) and of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

Melvyn Burgess

Author of ‘Junk’, and winner of the Carnegie Medal in Literature and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Dr Alistair Niven, OBE, LVO

Ex-Director of Literature at Arts Council England and one of the founders of the Writers in Residence in Prison in 1992.  More recently has been the Principal at Cumberland Lodge.

Erwin James

Ex-offender and now a successful journalist, author of ‘A Life Inside’ (pictured below during his recent visit to our HQ).

Erwin James Erwin says “The fact is creative activities and the arts can transform the attitudes and lives of those in prison [and] just might reach a part of their characters which stark punitive attitudes can never penetrate. Allowing troubled people to feel some self-worth through creative expression is more likely to foster self-respect and engender empathy with others than what prison life offers generally.

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