Rare Birds – Voices of Holloway Prison
An evening of history, poetry and song
From Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged for murder, to the political prisoners of the Suffragette movement, Holloway Prison has housed a wealth of characters in its 164-year history. Poet Natalie Scott’s stunning new collection from Valley Press is filled with the imagined voices of these prisoners, brought to life for this event by members of performance poetry collective the Tees Women Poets. Featuring specially-composed musical adaptations of her poetry and readings by the author, this is a dramatic launch for a gripping collection.
The poetry collection will be available to purchase.
“Rare Birds is one of the most extraordinary poetry collections I’ve ever read. Dozens of inhabitants of Holloway Prison – and the building itself – come to life as we’re led through a century of a dizzying, exhilarating, dazzling cacophony of voices.”
Kate Fox (Poet)
“Touching and shocking in equal measure, Natalie Scott expertly captures the hopes, fears, pride and fury of an extraordinarily diverse array of characters. A history lesson made very human.”
Bob Fischer (Radio presenter – BBC Radio Tees)
“This book could so easily make you feel angry, but the resilience and courage demonstrated here gives a feeling of hope in an era of political turmoil. Lines such as “But do try to remember, it’s more difficult climbing a ladder wearing a dress” is still as relevant today as it was then.”
Julie Donaldson (Radio Presenter – Zetland Radio)