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Behind Bars: On punishment, prison & release

Lady Unchained

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Poetry, Poetry by individual poets, Political activism, Criminal justice law


An extraordinary debut collection of poetry which tackles the criminal justice system


'So deeply gripping and inspiring...It will stay with me, always.' - Annie Macmanus

In 2008, 21-year-old Lady Unchained got involved in a fight in a club while trying to protect her sister.

Serving 11 months of her prison sentence, her life changed completely. Inside, Lady Unchained began to write, while battling isolation, loneliness and the fear of being wrongly deported. These notes became powerful bars of poetry, capturing first-hand the broken justice system and the racism rooted within it.

Wide-awake poetry, Behind Bars traces how Lady Unchained's identity was irrevocably changed during her sentencing, time in prison and release.

Behind Bars proves there is life after prison.

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Lady Unchained

Lady Unchained is a poet, broadcaster, TEDx speaker, mentor and an advocate for life after prison. She is the founder and creative director of Unchained Poetry, a platform for artists with experience of the criminal justice system.

Her mission is to prove that there is life after prison.

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