Thursday, 7 April 2011

Writing in Prison

They put me in isolation at first, in a three-paces-by-three-paces cell. I was lucky – once upon a time it had held 12 people. After two weeks I was transferred to the kitchen. That really saved me. Then I, and other prisoners, started writing. We wrote on soap wrappers and toilet paper, and hid the pencil lead in our kinked hair.
Jack Mapanje is a Malawian poet and academic arrested in 1987 by the government of Banda. He was released from prison in 1991 and is currently a visiting professor at York St John University.
Free at Last and they all own their lives to Amnesty, The Observer, 3 April 2011.

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