04 October 2016

Congratulations to Kinga

Congratulations to KingaOne of our talented service users in Bristol has received a prestigious award from a prison arts charity.

Kinga, a service user from Fromeside was informed in August that one of her poems had been shortlisted from 6700 entries to be among 230 pieces exhibited at the Southbank Arts Centre in London as part of the Koestler Trust Arts by Offenders' exhibit.

This was the first time Kinga had entered the competition and she was delighted to attend the exhibition and receive the bronze award.

Kinga says, "Poetry for me is an electric shower of words fertilizing my mind. This is something that demonstrates my personal and intimate experience. Each time I write a poem I feel fulfilled in many ways. Winning a bronze award and knowing that someone found meaning in my poetry and that now thousands of other people can enjoy my piece of poetry at an exhibition is really exciting!

The Koestler Trust is the UK's best-known prison arts charity. They encourage offenders, secure patients and detainees to change their lives through taking part in the arts and challenge negative preconceptions of what ex-offenders are capable of.

Congratulations to Kinga for her amazing achievement.

Time thinking

hour I
clockwork blood flow velocity
sleepless trance

hour II
substance nourished own sweat
connected to a live body fluid

hour III
excavated from the tomb
death's-head gas

for a minute I
breath flooded lungs

sometimes I am
severed head
the rest is silence ...
when the fifth time I am born out of a chair

by Kinga



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