inside stories


One of the books from our Inside Stories project, in which young offenders write, record and illustrate original stories for their children under the guidance of our professional writer, musician and artist, has won four Koestler Trust Awards. (This story is from 2012.)

The storybook “Magic, Mischief & Mayhem” created by young offenders at HM Young Offenders Institution Rochester, won: Highly Commended in the Anthology section; a First Time Entrant Award (including monetary prize) for A Cheesy Story and a Commended Award for ‘Race is On‘ in the Spoken Word category; and a Highly Commended Award in the Mixed Media category for ‘Chunky the Monkey’ (pictured)! We’re immensely proud of everyone involved – congratulations!

What the judges said

On the anthology: “A beautiful production, and great pieces and recordings: connection with children through literature is absolutely vital and this collection is full of joy and love!”

A Cheesy Story: “This was lovely. I sat and I smiled and smiled and enjoyed myself so much. It is wonderful to be charmed. It is as simple as that. I loved the sound effects, the whole thing was a pleasure to listen to.”

Chunky the Monkey: “This would be good illustrative material for a children’s book! I like your varying use of texture and material.”