Safe Ground - Using drama to educate prisoners and young people at risk in the community


Creating New Narratives

Women’s Programme Development Coordinator, Kate McCoy, has recently written a guest blog post for the National Alliance for Arts in Criminal Justice. The blog post focuses on Kate’s experience of consulting and running creative personal development sessions with women in prison at HMPs East Sutton Park, Holloway, Low Newton, Send and Styal. The post describes a particular creative workshop and touches upon desistance theory and defamiliarisation in addition to Safe Ground’s model of change. To read the post please click here.


  1. Ricki Gold says:

    I applaud this article because it describes what we do in Rehabilitation Through The Arts so clearly and I am always looking for new ways to tell OUR story. For the prisoners we work with in New York State’s only women’s maximum security prison, getting stuck in a badness or victim story is exactly right. And looking directly at ourselves as staring at the sun is a perfect metaphor.

    Thank you also for introducing the concept of ostranenie. It feels good to know that we were connected to such rich artistic history.

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