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No Bars by Drum and Brass

This is a competition looking at incarceration and its effects on the concept of freedom. Motivated to give voice to a group of people who may have found themselves marginalised throughout their lives, No Bars aims to hear the words of ex-offenders, individuals currently in prison or individuals directly affected by the justice system (for example, children whose parent(s) have been incarcerated).

The competition is ongoing and a monthly winner will be announced. Each winner will be able to get their work printed in a published book which will be available to buy on the website as well as be available in prison libraries. The winner will also receive 6 months of mentoring from experienced poets and arts workers to support them in getting the most from their work and developing different opportunities for support networks.

Entries are welcomed from individuals from prisons.