Dreaming Inside: Perspectives on a creative writing program for Aboriginal men in prison

Natalia Hanley1 Elena Marchetti2
1University Of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia, 2Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia

Dreaming Inside is a creative writing program delivered by the South Coast Writers Centre offered to Aboriginal men located in one New South Wales prison. A selection of the men’s writing is published annually in an anthology, now in its sixth volume.

This presentation will describe and discuss Dreaming Inside participants’ perceptions of the program, highlighting its value for increased feelings of well-being, social connectedness and confidence building.

Natalia is a Senior lecturer and qualitative researcher interested in how people experience the institutions and processes of criminal justice. She leads the Criminology program streams at the University of Wollongong.

Professor Marchetti – Elena is the Acting Chair of the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council and is a Professor and ARC Future Fellow at Griffith Law School, Griffith University. She has a long history of research in relation to Indigenous criminal justice programs and sentencing courts and ample experience in conducting and supervising research projects that involve marginalised groups.  Elena has been awarded two ARC funded fellowships.  The first which was awarded in 2009 focused on the use of Indigenous sentencing courts for partner violence offending. The second which was awarded in 2015 and which is currently ongoing, focuses on better ways of evaluating Indigenous-focused criminal justice programs.



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