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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)

Frog Man

The day started off, just a good wee day,

Gym first thing, training away,

Went for a wee run, clears the head,

Rather do this, than lying in bed,


Heading to work, to start the day,

Had not a clue what was coming my way,

When I saw the car coming, it was too late,

I had already visioned the prison gate,


The next thing was, I’m put in cuffs,

Remanded next day, now it gets tough,

Being back here, not the place to be,

I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,


Now the days start, with alarm bells ringing

Jingling keys and guards singing,

Back to back routine, same every day,

If I had the choice I’d go a different way


My time is coming, getting close to the end

Everybody excited family, friends

Say your goodbyes to all the mates

Cause that’s the last time I’ll see the prison gates.

HMP Magilligan

Commended Award for Poem, Koestler Arts, 2020

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