Monthly Archives: August 2015

Cooking with soul in our prison cell

The kettle simmers. A whiff of steam rises in the air, spreading the aroma of the softening onion, garlic and peppers. I watch Baz’s every move with wonder. His cooking demeanour is a blend of Jaimie’s enthusiastic chaos and Gordon’s growling authority. Although we share a cell, when it comes to food Baz rules the […]

Temptations: ex prisoner from Pentonville

Lest I forget “We forget too soon the things that we thought that we would never forget.”(Joan Didion) Social media, namely Facebook and Instagram, brings the world to me. Logging on opens up a window to the world both internationally and locally. Glamour, glitter, raucous laughter, smiley faces and sparsely dressed ladies with glowing skin. […]

In pursuit of ‘the hood’ life: ex prisoner dies

D died a week ago and I still struggle to come to terms with this senseless loss of life. I doubt D would have thought that when he lit the Spice spliff and inhaled the toxic smoke into his lungs he ignited a chain of events that led to his death. D’s body had a […]