In October 2014, Red Room poets Johanna Featherstone and Nick Bryant-Smith (aka Solo) travelled to the Mid North Coast Correctional Centre in Kempsey to run the centre’s first ever Unlocked project. This time we were working with medium security inmates, in the new state-of-the-art Intensive Learning Centre (ILC). The ILC gives a select group of inmates a chance to develop new skills and qualifications to help turn their lives around. Teaching staff in the centre were excited to run an Unlocked project, if slightly nervous about how these students – many of them serving longer sentences – would respond to the poetry workshops.
A group of students and staff from the centre took part in Unlocked, and their poems are collected in the Unlocked Anthology.