Lecture to celebrate 25 Years of Inside Time, the prison newspaper – 2 November

300pxPrisoner reading Inside Time

(from PET’s website)

Prisoners Education  Trust Annual Lecture  

Eric McGraw, founder of the paper and managing editor on

Inside Time, the prison newspaper:

25 years of news and views behind bars

followed by panel discussion

2 November, 6 for 6.30pm

Offices of Clifford Chance LLP in Canary Wharf

(At Canary Wharf station, take the Upper Bank Street exit, and the offices are across the road)

Following PET’s 25th anniversary in 2014, this year marks the 25th anniversary of prison newspaper Inside Time.

‘The paper was founded as opportunity for prisoners to share their views, experiences and frustrations and to provide prisoners with information about programmes available in their establishments.

Inside Time has played a key role in providing prisoners with an opportunity to have their voices heard, a key principal which also underpins PET’s work, and we have worked closely with the paper to promote educational opportunities in prison, to inspire prisoners with positive stories and to seek prisoner learners’ views. This lecture will see Eric McGraw, founder of the paper and managing editor, share his experiences of the challenges he faced in introducing such an initiative 25 years ago. Retiring this year, Eric will also discuss the issues highlighted by prisoners through Inside Time across the years, and explore the many functions the paper plays for those in prison.

Inside Time was an indirect consequence of Lord Woolf’s report on the 1990 prison riots, which recommended improvements in prisoner consultation.’


Eric’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion including:

  • PET alumnus and Inside Time journalist Noel Smith
  • former Chief Inspector of Prisons Lord Ramsbotham (Inspector from 1995 – 2001)
  • PET’s Head of Policy, Nina Champion

examining progress made since Lord Woolf’s report, the importance of listening to learners’ voices and the role education can play in prison life.

Free but all donations are welcome

To book your place: email Anthony or call 0203 752 5680.

Donations can be made via PET’s Just Giving page or by cheque, please make all cheques payable to ‘Prisoners’ Education Trust’, The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London, SE11 5RR.

For map and flier see:


Eric James, the Guardian prisons correspondent and editor of Inside Time from January, discusses McGraw and Inside Time  in today’s Guardian Society at http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/27/inside-time-newspaper-prisoners-independent-editor-eric-mcgraw

Note: My wife Ann is a former Director of PET and member of its South London Group which organises lectures and fund raising events

About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at http://thecroydoncitizen.com. I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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