Inspiring creativity and encouraging personal and social change through the arts

The Prison Arts Foundation is as important as it is unique. Thanks to our pioneering work with people with convictions lives are being transformed and patterns of behaviour changed for good.

Our team of experienced professional artists working across the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland are offering people with convictions a life-line, helping to improve their creative and communications skills, which is key to personal and social development, building self-confidence and unlocking people’s potential.

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Writing (Poetry)


Emulate, Emotive, Eloquence
Rhythm of rhyme, moments of time
Finding friends forever,
Making minutes mine—

Dreamt of days and dreaming,
No more nightmare needing
Found fond fantasy
Riding round reality—

I fathom my final fear
Symphonic sleep, I’m sincere
Lastly life’s for living
Love, life, and laughter
Three tremendous truths
I’m imitating all…

HMP Magilligan

Highly Commended Poetry Intermediate, Listowel Writing in Prison Awards, 2021

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