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Literature behind bars


Name of the prison: JSA Plötzensee
Prison address (street and civic number): Friedrich-Olbricht-Damm 40
Postcode: 13627 City: Berlin
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Name of the principal organizer:

Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V.


Who else organized activity:

JVA Tegel, JVA Moabit, JSA Plötzensee, Förderverein der JVA Hakenfelde, JVA Lichtenberg, internationales literaturfestival berlin

Website
Contact person: Martin Jankowski
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How was the activity funded:
  • By charities

Other funding (specify):

benefits, publishers, donations


Which art-form(s) were used:
  • Literature

Nature/rationale of the activity:
  • Creative
  • Educational
  • Life long learning
  • Entertainment

How was it recorded:
  • Written description
  • Still photographs

Short description:

The Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. has been bringing international authors to prisons since 2001. Fa­mous writers from all over the world read from their books and discus­s with in­mates behind bars. The program quickly be­came a model event and received great popu­lar­ity among prisoners and authors alike. De­spite initial scepti­cism, many prison officers began to recognize the tenor of the program and eventually even came to cherish it! Today the support and interest is enormous.
In 2010 Literature behind bars became part of the European Arts and Culture in Prison project as well as of the Learning in Prison project in 2011. Today more than 30 authors from 17 countries and more than 30 partner institutions co­operate with Literature behind bars.

 


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