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Awards and Accolades for GROUNDation Poetry Project

24 Nov 2015 by Keisha Bhamra

In September 2015, The GROUNDation Poetry Project II won a Gold Award under the ‘Arts Projects’ category as part of this year’s Koestler Awards for art made in detention. The Koestler received over 8,500 pieces of writing, music, film, fine art and design for the 2015 awards which were judged by industry professionals such as, […] … more »

‘Home’ in Wandsworth

28 Sep 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

Following on from the Koestler Gold Award our poetry anthology ‘Home’ has now been reviewed in the prestigious PN Review by our colleague at the University of Essex, Dr. Chris McCully. Entitled ‘Home in Wandsworth’, it is a substantial 1,500 words in PNR 225, September – October 2015, Volume 46:1, that explores the theme of […] … more »

Freedom and Expression

28 Sep 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

In July, Safe Ground were invited to participate in ‘Freedom and Expression’ at the Freeword Centre. This event was organised by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and Essex Book Festival. To read an overview of the day please click here. The afternoon saw Fundraising and Communications Director, Obinna Nwosu, present an overview of […] … more »

GROUNDation II & Waterstones Book Launch Promo Video

05 Aug 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

On Wednesday 4th March, at HMP Wandsworth GROUNDation II: Poetry, Power, People took place; the performance finale to our GROUNDation Poetry Project (GPP). Workshop participants from the prison and the local community outside gathered together for the first time in a creative exchange in front of family, friends, supporters, prison staff and members of the […] … more »

Thoughts about Freedom

28 Jul 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

Just one week after “Thinking Home”, on Friday 17th July 2015, (see our blog Expressing Home), Safe Ground participated in “Freedom and Expression” at the Free Word Centre in London, organised by the University of Essex Human Rights Centre and Essex Book Festival. The purpose of the event was to bring together diverse organisations working […] … more »

Expressing Home

28 Jul 2015 by Obinna Nwosu

Poetry, it seems, is a gift that keeps on giving. In this case our GROUNDation Poetry Project and the book ‘Home’ it produced, have led to an association with the University of Essex, which in turn has led to recent opportunities to promote the work of Safe Ground. From 10-11th July 2015 Safe Ground participated […] … more »

Crowdfunding Campaign Announcement: Sponsume no longer trading

14 May 2015

In November 2014 we launched a crowdfunding campaign through Sponsume.com to raise money to help stage a performance event in HMP Wandsworth to mark the end of our GROUNDation Poetry Project. As the campaign drew to a close in February of this year, we discovered through internet chatter that Sponsume no longer seemed to be […] … more »

GROUNDation Book Launch: ‘Home’

14 May 2015 by Keisha Bhamra

To coincide with World Book Night on Thursday 23rd April 2015, Safe Ground hosted not one but two book launches for ‘Home’, a limited edition anthology produced by project participants from the GROUNDation Poetry Project. The book not only celebrates the work of those new to poetry but permanently seams together the prison and local […] … more »

Vast Poets Standing

20 Mar 2015

Poetry poured and love reigned at HMP Wandsworth on Wednesday 4th March, where GROUNDation II: Poetry, Power, People took place; a fitting performance finale to our GROUNDation Poetry Project (GPP). Workshop participants from the prison and the local community outside gathered together for the first time in a creative exchange in front of family, friends, […] … more »

AA: A Few Steps to Poetry

29 Jan 2015

Today was the last of our community poetry workshops that happened as part of our GROUNDation Poetry Project . Performance artist and poet, Anthony Anaxagorou, held a poetry workshop at Roehampton University with second year creative writing students. Some powerful poetry was created during the session. Look out for poetry from that session in the […] … more »

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