All posts by Gordon

2017-56-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, Another twist: At teatime on the day of our morning rehearsal (Thursday), I received a response to my letter from the No. 1 Governor. He impressed upon me that he was “supportive of this initiative and keen to see its successful conclusion.” Unfortunately, he couldn’t progress the issue until the following
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2017-59-14 Years

14 Years Hello friend, There are a number of distressing anniversaries around March and April. Tomorrow will be 14 years from when I was arrested. Bar a couple of nights in between the first and second arrest, that will be 14 years in prison. I’ mindful of how difficult this period must be for other
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2017-57-My Birthday

My Birthday Hello friend, I just wanted to wish myself a happy birthday. So, happy birthday Graham. Aw, thank you, I didn’t think you’d remember; did you get me anything? I got a little birthday feast. How sweet of you. I’m 49, by the way. I know what you’re thinking: I don’t believe it. You
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2017-55-Band Night

Band Night Hello friend, Another consequence of the arts project debacle is that my heart is now not into playing my music; so, I have stepped down from the prison band collective. Be happy, be safe (don’t get depressed: make decisions that will change your life for the better). Graham Coutts, 23rd April 2017

2017-54-Print Shop

Print Shop Hello friend, At the beginning of the year I was made a ‘production key worker’. I was told that I would get paid an extra £3 per week. This did not happen. Because of this and the involvement of certain parties who are connected to the Print Shop blocking me from doing any
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2017-52-Arts Project

Arts Project Hello friend, Where to start, where to start? It certainly has been an interesting week. So, by this week’s rehearsal I still hadn’t had a reply from the No. 1 Governor and no-one had come to discuss the various issues. I took the decision to pull the plug on the whole project. The
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2017-51-Stopped Mail

Stopped Mail Hello friend, Last year I was contacted by a university lecturer in criminology. He was conducting an academic project into life sentenced prisoners. We exchanged a few letters without issue. However, in August, 2 of his letters to me were stopped by Security and withheld. Their reason was that he did not have
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Telephone Hello friend, The telephones we use in here have 3 categories of cleared numbers. 1. Universally cleared numbers throughout the prison estate; for example, all courts, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, and the Samaritans. 2. Locally cleared numbers specific to a particular prison. 3. Cleared numbers only specific to a particular prisoner. One universally
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