WINGS - why it's not just about one book
It’s all very well us crowdfunding to get this one book published. But our campaign is not just about this one book. Here are 5 good (in our opinion!) reasons why you can be proud to support this project:
- > NEW PUBLISHING IMPRINT > WINGS will be the first book of a new, self-starting publishing imprint, The Hinny Press, which aims to produce beautiful books by and about people on the margins. By helping us get WINGS off the starting blocks, you’ll be helping set a precedent to bring more books from the margins to a broader audience. (‘Hinny’ is a less common term than mule for a donkey-horse hybrid.)
- > ENABLING FUTURE PROJECTS > We’ll be both grateful and delighted (not to mention relieved!) if we reach our £3000 target. Should we be in the fortunate position of exceeding that target, we’ll be in able to plough further resources into future projects. For instance, working with prisoners and families to create an amazing children’s book about parents in prison. And working with communities affected by gangs and knife crime. And working with prison staff to hear and share their side of the story.
- > SPOTLIGHT ON DIGITAL LITERACY > While WINGS the book is not a digital project in itself, it was borne out of a Lottery-funded three-year digital storytelling project to help introduce digital skills into the prison estate. This is an issue that deserves spotlighting. It’s not about prisons being ’soft’ on those convicted of crimes (and remember, people are in prison for all sorts of reasons), but trying to find ways to help prisoners be rehabilitated back into the wider community on their release.
- > OPENING A DIALOGUE > We understand the pressures on the prison service and the sometimes disastrous consequences of being negatively portrayed by the media. We believe that by sharing the stories in this way we’ll be opening a dialogue about transparency and censorship in the criminal justice system, as well as the effects of media censure on our beleaguered prison service. Plus, we’re doing so in a way that we hope will be communicable both to prison families and to people outside the prison community.
- > PSYCHO-SOCIAL IMPACT > Research shows not only that shame and stigma contribute to recidivism and re-imprisonment, but also that there is significant evidence of trauma and PTSD amongst prisoners and ex-prisoners. By bringing the stories out and transforming them into something meaningful that people can keep, we are countering misperceptions and actively striving to counteract the shame and stigma of imprisonment - and thereby doing our bit to aid reintegration into the community.
Phew - that’s it for this update!
Thanks again for coming on this journey with us; by pledging and sharing your support you're helping us make this a reality. Your support really does mean everything.
Vicky and Wallis