Barlinnie Creative Writing

keep on trucking
We were sat in a room full of monkeys, elephants and tigers… But that’s just a regular day at the office here in HMP Barlinnie!

When the team from the Open Museum first arrived here we were a bit unsure about what to expect. Then we got to handle a range of objects all related to Indian truck art.

They asked each of us to choose a particular object and respond to it. This sparked a few ideas which we then developed into pieces of writing. After a few sessions everyone got right into it. You’ve got to be dead careful with the objects in case they get damaged. 

There were four key themes: 
  • ​What is Truck Art? 
  • What Should Our label Say? 
  • Creative Writing and Poetry 
  • Object Labels ​
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