Inside Stories, Episode 14 [HMP Rye Hill, March 2020]
“Life is so hard for me, / This ain’t the way it’s supposed to be
Life won’t be easy, And I know that! / My past is over, Wish I could go back.”
This blog is a creative and eclectic space for all kinds of writing that emerge from Beating Time’s prison communities.
It contains correspondence, descriptive writing, thought pieces and poems penned by serving and recently released prisoners from the various Beating Time choirs, alongside particular accounts of concerts, experiences of life inside, and general articles about the work of the charity sector in prisons.
“I think I can safely say that if Harmony on the Hill were under Roman occupation we would not be gathered together to sing each Tuesday morning, let alone perform at events or have anyone write this blog piece!”
“Christmas is ahead & the end of the year just beyond & we, the choir are singing “When the red red robin comes bob bob bobbin’ along” for our seasonal performance – plus a few other songs too. I remember my mother singing this when I was quite small & full of wonder & she was merry & bright & beautiful. She was prone to breaking out into song & teaching me the words sometimes.”
“Last month, one of our singers who participated in our Restart programme, Jonathan, was nominated for a High Sheriff’s Award for setting up Inside Job in HMP Birmingham. Inside Job is an in-prison recruitment consultancy that identifies work-ready and willing people who are about to be released. It launched in September with an Employment Fair.”
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