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Since 1962 the Koestler Awards have played a unique, national role in motivating prisoners, secure hospital patients and immigration detainees to take part in the arts. The Koestler Awards are simple and powerful – we reward achievement, build self-confidence and broaden horizons for some of society’s most disadvantaged and marginalised people.

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Femi Keeling Ⓒ Naomi Woddis

Voices from Prison

16 Oct, 7pm
Level 5 Function Room, Green side
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

Hear poetry by people in prisons brought to life in an evening of work taken taken from the Koestler Trust’s anthology Koestler Voices: New Poetry from Prisons.

Hosted by writer and performer Femi Keeling (née Martin), featuring performances and readings from a selection of our Award winning entrants accompanied by established artists including Amaal Said, Anthony Anaxagorou, and Victoria Adukwei Bulley.

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