VIDEO: Teaching Poetry to Prisoners – with Talha’s Poetry Tutor Pat Winslow & Mike Marqusee (IHRC Bookshop)

VIDEO: Teaching Poetry to Prisoners – with Talha’s Poetry Tutor Pat Winslow & Mike Marqusee (IHRC Bookshop)

Duration : 1 hour 30 minutes



A special event with award-winning poet Pat Winslow — Talha Ahsan’s poetry tutor at HMP Long Lartin & poetry mentor and Mark Marquesee.

Pat unveils a new poem about Talha & speech about the value of writing poetry in prison & prison-teaching. Hosted by Hamja Ahsan — Talha’s brother with Q & A – Talha poetry collection & translations written with her support & mentorship.

The event will provide an insight into the creative process of writing under detention. New poems & translations written by Talha will be read for the first time, composed in solitary confinement.

Twitter hashtag: #TalhaPoetry @freetalha

@hamjaahsan features in video


talhacoverBooks mentioned in the Video.

This be the Answer – Prison Poems of Talha Ahsan – £3 

Shadow Lives : the forgotten women on the War on Terror – Victoria Brittain 

Free Talha Badges & Bring Talha Home badges – £1

Pat Winslow books:

Kissing Bones – Pat Winslow  £8.99

Dreaming of Walls Repeating Itself – Pat Winslow – £4

Other poetry books by Pat Winslow


Mike Marqusee book:

Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew – Mike Marqusee £9.99

Street Music – Mike Marqusee £6




Pat Winslow

Pat  Winslow is part of the Writers in prisons Foundation (  Her poetry collections include Kissing Bones, Unpredictable Geometry, Dreaming of Walls Repeating Themselves, Skin & Dust, The Girl in the Iron Lung, The Fact of an Eye and Harvest. She is an occasional fiction reviewer for Iota and have written for the Warwick Review. Pat has won a number of prizes including Rialto 2012 & Keats-Shelley Competition 2012.

Mike Marqusee

Mike Marqusee is a poet, journalist & activist. Author of Street Music, Redemption Song : Muhammad Ali & the Spirit of the Sixties, If I Am Not for Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew and books on Bob Dylan.A regular correspondent at The Guardian on topics of Imperialism, sport and living with cancer.


Hamja Ahsan

Hamja Ahsan is an artist and curator, founder of DIY Cultures festival. He has produced art projects at Tate Britain, Shanaakht Festival in Pakistan, and Gwangju Biennale. Shortlisted for Al Hamra Award for excellence in the Arts 2012. Shortlisted for Liberty Human Rights Award for Free Talha Ahsan campaign 2012.


Talha Ahsan

Talha Ahsan is an award-winning poet & translator. Winner of the Platinum, Gold & Bronze Koestler Prize – projected on the Royal Festival Hall whilst in solitary confinement. 1st Prizes in UPs literary competition. Publishing in The Huffington Post, OOMK, Atemis (Italy). Broadcast on TV (IQRA TV, Press TV) & Radio (Resonance FM, WBAI (New York), KPAI Radio (Texas), Radio Free Brighton, Radio Ramadan, Unity FM.) Ahsan’s poetry has been translated into Arabic, Italian and German. Described as “Hauntingly Beautiful” in The Independent. A new poetry book will be published soon with an introduction by his UK solicitor Gareth Peirce.

Audience feedback :”This is a great little film and should be shared by all of us who care about those who are made defenceless, and subject to the most shocking miscarriages of justice, and plenty of inspiring poetry too to help us all keep on!”


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