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Powerful prayers from prisoners go on display for Prisons Week

Date: 12 November 2012
Guildford Library will display pictures and prayers written by women at HMP/YOI Bronzefield, just north of the diocesan boundary, during Prisons Week. Powerful words express the anger, the frustrations, the hopes and fears of imprisoned women and offer a moving insight into the issues faced by those locked away from their families and communitites. Chaplain the Revd Bryony Davis coordinated the project, which was initially presented as a series of slides for the Christian festival Greenbelt, and has now been adapted for a visual display. Bryony said: "The women discussed and wrote about their experiences of prison life. Other women developed art work to fit these themes. "I feel it gives a powerful insight into the issues and challenges prisoners face. The prayers for Prisons Week have been based on the work of the discussion group and tries to stay faithful to their words and thinking. I hope churches and individuals will find it a useful resource for Prisons Week." HMP/YOI Bronzefield is the largest women’s prison in Europe.

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