It was a ‘phew’ moment – Colin Matthews, Inside Time’s ingenious designer, pressed the button sending February’s paper to the printers today with just five minutes to the deadline. It’s been an intense few weeks. The paper, my first as Editor in Chief has a new look – a fresh look – but will still be a familiar and welcome friend on the wings and landings of our prisons when it drops in at the beginning of each month – I hope.
We have some brilliant exclusives for February – a superb first person piece from the mother of ‘Billy’ – the 14 year old boy who was the main focus of abuse as exposed in the BBC’s Panorama revelations about Medway children’s prison – an amazing piece of journalism by our reporter and researcher Paul Sullivan.
Our commissioning editor, the best-selling author Noel Smith, secured an exclusive interview with the former World Middleweight and Super Middleweight boxing champion Steve Collins – aka the “The Celtic Warrior”, who remains the most successful Irish boxer in professional boxing history. Our resident Diarist and Associate Editor Rachel Billington, the author of 22 novels, has written a lovely piece about a recent event at Goldsmiths which featured professional poets reciting poems written by people in prison. And Eric McGraw, who founded the paper and edited it for 25 years before graciously handing over to me, bagged an exclusive interview with the outgoing Prisons Inspector Nick Hardwick, a terrific interview well deserving its place on the cover.
Paul Sullivan will be Tweeting about the paper with links to the web version available from 1st February. Read and enjoy!
PS – Do you know someone in prison? Are you a friend or a family member who would like to write something for Inside Time? Or are you a member of staff who would like to contribute – a teacher, an officer, a Governor? (anonymity guaranteed if requested.) If so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org