Behind the Lines: Creative Writing with Offenders and People at RiskPaperback
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- Publisher: Waterside Press
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 13mm | 458g
- Publication date: 22 May 2012
- Publication City/Country: Winchester
- ISBN 10: 1904380786
- ISBN 13: 9781904380788
- Illustrations note: b&w illustrations
- Sales rank: 782,675
Behind The Lines is the product of 14 years of working with offenders and people at risk, and based on Michael Crowley's endeavours at using creative writing as a method to improve thinking and behaviour. The book includes: Dozens of exercises and anecdotes Explanation of different approaches Examples of writing by prisoners, both inside and outside of jails. Behind the Lines represents a major contribution to rehabilitative work (in one sense it is the prison-writing equivalent of the highly successful Waterside Press publication, The Geese Theatre Handbook). A Key Resource For Writers in residence Offending behaviour group workers Youth workers Youth offending teams Community workers Psychotherapists Therapists and counsellors Special needs workers and teachers ...and people training or studying in these and related fields.
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Michael Crowley is a youth justice worker and writer. His published works include poetry and plays. He has written for youth theatre and been writer in residence at a young offender institution for the past five years honing daily the methods now described in this practical and generous handbook.
'A very useful resource for those working in difficult environments, with students who generally have low levels of traditional educational attainment, negative learning experiences and who, due to cultural and class barriers, are not accustomed to engaging with the arts, either in institutions or outside': Cormac Behan, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield. 'Essential reading for anyone interested in the real challenges of rehabilitation': Pat Jones, Director of the Prisoners Education Trust (2008-12). 'Shows how you can turn the lead of anger and despair in prisoners into the gold of insight and creativity': Oliver James, author. 'Shows a sceptical world that [young offenders] are capable of reflection, of understanding what led them into the acts they have committed and the effects on other people and on themselves': Alicia Stubbersfield, Poet and Koestler Award Judge. 'A wake-up call to the educational system, which allows so many young people to leave school in the parlous position that he describes, and which creative writers up and down the country are devoting so much time and effort to mitigate': David Ramsbotham.