HMP Humber Prison Poems

Exploring freedom….and freedom withheld

Open Bridges includes a series of workshops hosted by Lou Duffy-Howard with creative writers Russ Litten and Christina Lewis who are working with schools, prison, hospice and community venues to explore freedom and the impact of freedoms denied in the world today.

Writer Russ Litten and I spent the afternoon working with a group of prisoners in HMP Humber. We discussed Hull culture – east and west, the river and the bridges culminating in pieces of creative writing or spoken word about the meaning of freedom to them.

They all produced astonishing pieces of work. We have got permission from HMP Humber to publish some of the work. 

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Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music taking place during the Hull City of Culture Freedom Season. It is supported by Arts Council England and Hull City Arts Fund with partnership support from Hull City Council Streetscene and project partners Malcolm Scott, John Stead, Streetscene’s Andy Burton, Pete Curry, Graham Lownsborough and Bridge Operations staff, Helen Thackeray: Hull Events, John Medland, Phil Withers, Mal Nicholson and Historic Motor and Sail, Paul Escreet: SMS Towage, Simon Lee: Svitzer (Maersk), The Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society, The Beverley Barge Preservation Society, Freedom Festival’s Jenny Coombes, Hugh Jones of HPSS , C4Di, creative writers Christina Lewis and Russ Litten, photographers Piotr Korczynski and Graeme Oxby, Humber Film Creative Community and Octovision Media.

Rich & Lou #OpenBridgesHull

Scott St. Bridge razor wire hearts
Barbed Wire Hearts at Scott Street Bridge photograph Richard Duffy-Howard