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)

Can you see me?

Hello, can you see me, do you really know my name

Can you see the heartache, the fear that hides behind my name?

Hello, you think you know me, the prisoner I’ve become

Do your whack, get off the smack, you’re not the only one.


Hello, can you hear me, when you shut that door at night

Crying myself to sleep, giving up the fight.


Hello, good morning to you, it’s the same as yesterday

Pretend to be stronger, more worried about what they’ll say.

Pretend your sweet, worrying about who you’ll meet

Here mate, there’s my seat, just walk the other way.


Hello, I know you know me, sometimes you think I’m not here

Walking around without a concern or care


Hello, now you know me, I’m that voice inside your head

I’m there when you wake, and still here when you go to bed.

Hello, don’t act like you don’t know me

I’m still that voice inside your head.

Hydebank Wood College & Women's Prison

2nd Prize Poetry Getting Started, Listowel Writing in Prison Awards, 2021


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