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March 9 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Crime & Punishment Symp
  • Discussion

Transitions and Integrations

Essex Book Festival Crime & Punishment Symposium


Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Booking essential via Eventbrite

How do offenders keep in touch with their families when they’re in prison? How do families cope on the outside, and who helps them? How easy is it for offenders to acclimatise to life on the outside? Our panel will provide a fascinating insight into the impact of imprisonment on prisoners and their families.



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)




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