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A Bit Of A Stretch - Dairies Of A Prisoner


Keats Community Library


Thursday 14th of October 2021


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"A Bit of a Stretch, Diaries of a Prisoner."

A talk by Chris Atkins with Debbie Maggoch based on his very popular book of the same name

A shocking and darkly funny account of the reality of Britain's prisons.

Where can a tin of tuna buy you clean clothes? Where is it easier to get 'spice' than paracetamol? Where does self-harm barely raise an eyebrow?

Welcome to Her Majesty's Prison Service. Like most people, documentary-maker Chris Atkins didn't spend much time thinking about prisons. But after becoming embroiled in a dodgy scheme to fund his latest film, he was sent down for five years. His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe.

With a cast of characters ranging from wily drug dealers to senior officials bent on endless reform, this powerful memoir uncovers the horrifying reality behind the locked gates. Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all - and why you should care.

(Chris Atkins was sentenced for a stretch of 5 years for tax fraud, he spent around 2 years in prison and 9 of those months in the notorious HMP Wandsworth. Atkins is a documentary maker and writer which puts him in an ideal position to confidently convey his experiences to his audience - and this he does extremely well.)

Note than Masks are still required in the building to help our vulnerable friends. Ticket numbers limited to ensure good spacing.

Keats Community Library

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10 Keats Grove,


Greater London,


NW3 2RR.

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