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Warming Up

By Andy Mouncey, March 12, 2021
This work at HMP/YOI Brinsford is funded by HM Prison & Probation Service through Clinks Covid19 Winter Support Grant Programme. ‘So…’ projecting big smiley face from distance with big wide arms for added fill-the-space--ness - ‘everyone be up-standing ‘cos we’re gonna go in 3-2-1 GO!’ Nothing happens. Nobody moves. The 10 young men around me […]

Stuck Again

By Andy Mouncey, March 2, 2021
The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – just go with me here please - came into force in the early 70’s. Essentially it boiled down to the nuclear powers at the time saying to the rest of the world: ‘We’ve got them, you can’t have them and you gotta promise never to try […]

Back Inside

By Andy Mouncey, February 1, 2021
It’s way too quiet. There should be background hubbub punctuated with the occasional shout and sometimes in some places the frisson of a fragile surface tension stretched to almost… Gone. I’m back in a prison nearly a year into a global pandemic and while somethings remain the same somethings are very different. A little over […]

The Creativity Context

By Andy Mouncey, November 20, 2020
So. The last blog entry was very definitely in the upbeat category but it’s taken me 5 weeks to post again. This either means I’ve been skipping around leaving sparkly rainbows in my wake… Or. Sh**’s gone t**s up again. OK. Sh** hasn’t gone T.U.A. by any reasonable measure but one has been back to […]

This Is The Way

By Andy Mouncey, October 8, 2020
Whisper it quietly but it’s all starting to click. It really is. After years of recording a depressing catalogue of setbacks and frustrations in this blog – with a few victories sprinkled in to keep the Hope tank topped off and the sense of jeopardy alive for my readers - I’m faced with a blank […]
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