Pen And Corrections is a project which has supported incarcerated prisoners to learn about and write their own haiku. It is the brainchild of two UK-based poets, Ted Sherman and David Breakspear. Nine prisoners in two UK prisons completed the project and will have their haiku included in the first Pen And Corrections book. This beautiful book has been designed by Ollie Francis and will be sold via a Kickstarter campaign. Any profits from this campaign will be donated to two charities that support children with parents in prison — Children Heard and Seen, and Storybook Dads. If you would like to register your interest in this project please visit our website. You will be able to hear Ted Sherman talking about Pen and Corrections on season 4 episode 7 of the Haiku Pea Podcast which will be released in early April 2021.
Here is a sample of the haiku written by a prisoner as part of the project:
early Sunday morning
from my cell I watch
mother birds gathering food
Please help support this worthwhile cause. We will include a link to the Kickstarter campaign on the blog when it is available.