Unleashing creativity ignites imaginations, develops confidence and builds relationships. It has the power to turn lives around and inspire change. Inside Stories at the Old Bailey will raise funds and awareness of Create’s vital work connecting offenders in prison with their children.
On Thursday 22 June 2017, Sheriff of the City of London, Peter Estlin and His Honour Judge Topolski QC are hosting a special event for Create at the Old Bailey. The evening includes:
- Wine and canapés in both the Grand Hall and the Judges’ Dining Room
- a talk from Create Patron, journalist and writer Erwin James from the dock of Courtroom One, where he was sentenced to life imprisonment 32 years ago
- a tour of the world-famous courthouse
- a reading by writer, Carol Topolski of stories written during Create’s Inside Stories storybook project with fathers in prison
Create makes society fairer by connecting the most disadvantaged people to the power of the creative arts. Inside Stories gives fathers in prison a creative outlet to learn new skills, develop pride and increased self-esteem, and focus these positive outcomes into their role as a parent.
“It takes strength, courage and commitment to overcome the limitations that prison culture inflicts on an individual’s capacity to be expressive and creative. I was lucky enough to attend one of Create’s projects and was humbled by the courage and determination they demonstrated.” Erwin James
The programme extends the lines of communication between father and child, strengthening family ties and helping to reduce the risk of reoffending. Create takes professional writers, artists and musicians into prisons, enabling fathers to write, record and illustrate original stories for their children, which they then set to music. The project culminates in a special family performance in the prison and the children receive a storybook and CD, including a person message from their father.
“I think my family feel proud of me for doing this. I’ve shown my partner, children and parents that I am thinking about them, being productive with my time, becoming a good man.” Offender
If you can not attend but would like to donate, please visit Create’s donation page.