There is a tradition of prisoners writing letters. It remains an important part of prison culture and is one way for prisoners to communicate their experiences of being imprisoned, presenting their ideas, concerns, fears, and hopes. Our chapter seeks to add to this tradition by conjuring two new prison letters about prison education: the prisoner Caliban’s letter to Prospero, his jailer, and Prospero’s reply. Then we employ the theory of practice architectures (Kemmis et al., 2014b) to illuminate the messages raised within them. We conclude by arguing that if we want to reimagine and change prison education for the better, we could start with a sincere, genuine and democratic ‘conversation’ (Kemmis et al., 2014a: 149) with prisoners about their hopes for a better life upon release.
|Title of host publication||Caliban's Dance|
|Subtitle of host publication||FE after The Tempest|
|Editors||Maire Daley, Kevin Orr, Joel Petrie|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||7|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781858569253, 9781858569260, 9781858569277|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Sep 2020|
Butterby, V., Collins, C., & Powell, D. (2020). 'I urge you to hear me': Changing prison education for the better. In M. Daley, K. Orr, & J. Petrie (Eds.), Caliban's Dance: FE after The Tempest (pp. 140-146). Trentham Books.