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International Literacy Day celebrated in HMP Northward

On Thursday (4 October) prisoners from HMP Northward and HMP Fairbanks gathered to celebrate the importance of literacy for life after incarceration.

It was part of the tenth Literacy Day Festival, hosted by HMP Northward.

Many prisoners shared poems they had written themselves in honour of the occasion.

Inmate Kurt Ebanks read one excerpt to the appreciative crowd:

“This cross that I bare, I hold alone.

The footprints in the sand, they’re all my own.

I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me that they’re not mine,

The footprints appeared and I was wrong, they carried me the whole time,” he read out.

Invited guests also shared chapters from books that had inspired them and the HMCIPS band played some of their favourite songs.


About the author

Caroline James

Caroline James

Caroline joined Cayman 27 in September 2018 after seven years working for Sky News in London, both as a Producer on the World News programme and, latterly, as News Editor on the Foreign Desk, where she led coverage on the ground of stories as diverse as the 2016 US Election, corruption allegations surrounding FIFA and The Oscars. Before this, she worked as a Producer for Associated Press Television News (APTN) for two years, based in their London headquarters. Caroline graduated with a BA Hons degree in Arabic, French and German from Durham University, before gaining an MA in Television Journalism with distinction at City University, London. When not hunting down stories in Cayman, she can be found playing tennis, practicing Bikram yoga or enjoying a beer on Seven Mile Beach. You can reach Caroline at or 326-2243.

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