Blogs & Profiles

  1. LandWorks - Hope for people in prison. Working in the wood workshop
    Hope

    LandWorks – Hope for people in prison. Read about the state of the prison service today and how it impacts on us all. Via Chris’ fornightly blog.

  2. PeN Project - A Window Into LandWorks
    Can You Hear Me?

    Hello It’s June 2007 (life before LandWorks), Blair is about to finally leave No.10 and Gareth Jones is released from HMP Channings Wood after a 3-year stretch. Hot, sunny, and day two of his release. Gareth…

  3. LandWorks Honesty Box
    There’s f#cking criminals out there

    Hello We were running. Running fast (I thought) to the market stall at the entrance gate. Frank’s haunting words in my head, “That honesty box is a mistake Chris, there’s f#cking criminals out there” (he should…

  4. Chris Parsons in LandWorks' Workshop. Photo Credit: Recourse Magazine
    What inspired you to go down this route?

    We thought you might like to read an extract from an interview Chris did for online magazine ‘Recourse’ about LandWorks from the beginning, answering some frequently asked questions along the way… The sun was beaming down…

  5. finished worktop 7 small 768x1024 - Prisoner Training & Placements
    James’ Story: “We’ve just started a criminology class…”

    Hello Over the last 6 months the PeN project has been capturing peoples stories at LandWorks (no stopping it now). Publishing one every week. The blogs are simply the transcripts of their own words recorded while…

  6. landworks - Prisoner Training & Placements
    Chris’ Blog – Thelma’s Suprise

    Hello It’s a perfectly normal day. Apart from a slight kerfuffle early in the polytunnel, when a man emerges proudly holding two dead mice aloft. Yes, it is an exhibition of his primeval prowess, but also…

  7. landworks - Prisoner Training & Placements
    LandWorks on the BBC!

    Hello Sarah here – we wanted to let you know about two upcoming BBC programmes involving LandWorks. This coming Thursday 6 April at 15:00 we are being featured as part of BBC Radio 4’s Open Country…

  8. Unfuck The System Artwork Workshop LandWorks Devon
    Chris’ blog – Go Johnny Go

    Hello It’s April 1963, one crowded room in Hackney and Johnny has just been born. Two elder sisters, their father (his part time abuser), Johnny’s Mother (who he would die for) all squeezed in. On his…

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    Chris’ Blog – To See Ourselves

    Hello! You would be forgiven for thinking him completely ‘out of his mind’ as he repeatedly smashes his frail body against the window. Watching is distressing, he just can’t seem to stop. It’s not until you…

  10. Chris’ Blog – Hammer Time

    Hello Hammers! Now here is a thing to be writing about. Such a simple tool, used for millions of years and so easy to misplace (a personal note). “Phwoooaarr this hammer is a bit tasty.” Vince…

  11. Chris’ Blog – Happy New Year

    Hello Happy New Year. I wondered if you have made any New Year’s resolutions or maybe you are looking for something…. Well our match funding offer is staying open for another few days until midnight on…

  12. Chris’ Blog – Strictly Secret

    Hello I’ve noticed that it is ‘Strictly’ season, so I thought I should let you into a ‘Strictly’ secret, well I say secret, it’s not, I just haven’t mentioned it before. It all began a couple…

  13. Chris’ Blog – Well-kept Secret

    Hello Got Christmas on your mind? Well, why not let LandWorks ease the pressure? Come and visit our new pop up Christmas shop (Quarry Field entrance). We’ve got it all: bespoke cards made by the guys,…

  14. Chris’ Blog – Dear Mum

    Dear Mum I am so glad you are coming to the Supporters’ Day today. There is a lot to show you; it’s been a busy year and the lads are rightly proud of their achievements. We’ve…

  15. Chris’ Blog – Random

    Hello “I’m getting the hang of this. It’s a bit of a head f@#k… like my life”. Nicholls is dry stone walling. It’s his first time, he’s good and I’m just a touch jealous. We’re chatting…