Banged Up

4.30-5.30pm Barrister’s Court

What’s it really like to be held at her majesty’s pleasure? Find out from former inmates Michaela Booth and Carl Cattermole (Prison: a Survival Guide) plus prison tutor Angela Clarke (On My Life) and former prison art tutor Mim Skinner (Jailbirds)  

Chair: Simon Booker (Without Trace), Writer in Residence HMP Grendon.


Michaela is an Applied Criminology student at the University of Worcester and a Longford Trust Scholar. She works as a National Patient Engagement Lead for Health in Justice services in prisons across the country.

Her blog, explores that barriers she has faced since her release from prison on 2013 and also discusses political and social issues such as exclusion, child abuse, substance abuse and child trauma due to maternal imprisonment. Michaela has used her experiences of childhood abuse and neglect from services and institutions, and her lived experience of prison, to build a career within the justice sector, advocating for a reduction in the use of prison for women and training probation teams, social work students and local authorities in safeguarding children. Her current research focuses on women’s experiences of leadership within the justice sector, who have experienced imprisonment, and aims to tackle issues such as stigma, labelling and state inflicted violence.” 


Mim Skinner is a writer, social entrepreneur and support in the North East. She runs a food-waste redistribution project and works with women in the criminal justice system. Her book Jailbirds, published in 2019 was optioned by BBC Studios, and tipped as one of Stylist top non-fiction reads for 2020.  She was on the Elle Magazine list of 2019’s 50 Game Changers.

Simon Booker

Simon Booker is a screenwriter, novelist and Writer in Residence at HMP Grendon. His credits include The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (BBC1), The Stepfather (ITV), Perfect Strangers (CBS), crime novels Without Trace and Kill Me Twice published by Bonnier Zaffre, and Animal Instinct, an Audible Original starring Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey).


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