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Margie Orford

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The Sunday Times Covers Fifteen Men

Boebie SamodienAndrew Donaldson of the Sunday Times covered the launch of Fifteen Men – prison writing generated during a 9-month workshop that I facilitated at Groot Drakenstein Prison last year.

It’s called “Broken voices from the inside” and here’s an excerpt, below.

Details of how and where to buy the book coming soon.

When she started the gig, on a dreary Cape winter’s morning last July, Margie Orford was afraid of her pupils.

They were, after all, violent men — killers, thieves, brutal gangsters; not for nothing were they behind bars.

She would write of their initial encounter: “When I first arrived at Groot Drakenstein Correctional Facility, I saw 15 prisoners reduced to a brutal sameness by the orange or the denim uniforms, by the obedient way in which incarcerated men shuffled from one place to another at the order of a guard, by my own fear of them.

“Most of the men I was to work with are serving very long sentences. I decided that the only way I could share a creative space with them was if I did not know what crimes they had committed.”


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