Vere Foster’s ‘Bold Writing’ ‘Civil Service’ copybook series (1867 – 1957)
Found in Mountjoy Prison in the late 1990’s, were once used to teach prisoners how to write in medium round hand.
Writing a letter is one way that a prisoner can link to the outside world and reconnect with his or her (pre-prison) identity. ‘Incarceration often forces individuals to shed or suppress certain aspects on one’s personality in order to fit into the physically and emotionally aggressive environment of prison’. 1
This work aims to encourage criticatl reflection in the context of person, place and identity through one prisoner’s narrative on letter writing.
Letters from prison have formed a part of our shared National history, and how we have come to know and remember it.
1Winnicott, D.W. (1963). The maturational processes and the facilitationg environment: Studies in the theories of emotional development. Madison, CT: International Universities Press.
The Art of Writing | 2016 | 1’
Full Duration: 9' 10" - Format: Digital HD - Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - Sound: Stereo
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