Lee says: “but it’s like when the judge says four-and-a-half years, you think “oh shit…”

“I was on bail for 18 months and I couldn’t take a contract on because it would’ve been in excess of 12 months. I’d already put a tender in, I’d got a job basically, but I couldn’t take it, so I had to sit around doing bit-part jobs while I waited to go to court. … More Lee says: “but it’s like when the judge says four-and-a-half years, you think “oh shit…”

Alfie says: “finding out about myself. I think prison does a lot of that, and it’s a big time for reflection…”

“To summarise, I am hoping to benefit from the two years in custody as best I can, to make the most of it, to look back on, to reflect and say I’ve made a difference to my life, and to really come out of it, and to make the future brighter for myself. I think … More Alfie says: “finding out about myself. I think prison does a lot of that, and it’s a big time for reflection…”

Quentin says: “I couldn’t do another year, put it that way. Not a chance. It’s tougher than I thought.”

“I’ve been giving this a lot of thought because when people are reading the PeN Project, there’s an assumption about people in prison. I’m here to burst that assumption because whoever is reading this, the assumption will be that I’m from a low education background, that I’m from a sink estate somewhere, that I’m on … More Quentin says: “I couldn’t do another year, put it that way. Not a chance. It’s tougher than I thought.”

Benny Says: “I’m not broken, I’m just changing. I am transforming…”

“When I come out of prison I’ve got somewhere to live. I’m hoping to go back to teaching if I can. I used to do that and loved it. If I can’t do that or I need to earn money from day one, then the answer is I don’t really know. I’ve got a couple … More Benny Says: “I’m not broken, I’m just changing. I am transforming…”

George says: “Prison has made me a better person…”

“What have I done since January? Planters, been building planters. They’ve been selling, none left, all sold. Picnic-benches, they’ve gone. Mirrors… I had a counselling session with Becca and she was going through these stones … where were you before you went to prison? where are you in prison? where were you during prison? where … More George says: “Prison has made me a better person…”

Lee says: “For 18 months I’ve been sat in that prison with a stagnant mind. I need something to do and here it is…”

“There are the things that the courts never gets to hear, because the police say you are this, this is what you are. I’m a hard-working person and this is what I do, but all they heard was ‘this is what he is’ and ‘that’s what he is’ and ‘this is because we think this’. … More Lee says: “For 18 months I’ve been sat in that prison with a stagnant mind. I need something to do and here it is…”

Benny says: “What I have learnt is life outside of prison goes twice as fast as life inside prison…”

“There’s a lot of stress when you go out on town visits from prison, because there’s a massive build-up to it in anticipation, and it can be an anti-climax. You get your few hours and within a blink, it’s gone. There is a lot of stress for everyone who’s involved. It’s a medal, it’s a … More Benny says: “What I have learnt is life outside of prison goes twice as fast as life inside prison…”

Quentin says: “LandWorks, is my little haven. It’s my little island in a sea of crap…”

    “I’ve been getting into the pottery a lot more, with a vengeance if I’m honest, to the point that I am going to do this when I get home, 100%. Before I was like “don’t be a dick”, but now I’m like “why can’t I?”. I would never had got that if I … More Quentin says: “LandWorks, is my little haven. It’s my little island in a sea of crap…”

Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”

“The hardest thing for me is, which I have no choice, is going to the gate every morning, standing there’s big doors, one only opens when the other one’s closed … we stand in that and it’s like an empty garage, freezing cold, waiting to get out, but we also stand there with the guys … More Benny says: “when I first came out here, it was a little bit shameful to say you’re a prisoner when you meet the public.”