Angela Kirwin at 53two

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30th May 2022



Join Angela Kirwin, author of Criminal - How Our Prisons Are Failing Us All, in conversation with Diane Curry OBE and David Morgan at 53two.

Angela Kirwin thinks that the current state of the prison system is criminal. So much so that she wrote a whole book about it. But there are people working tirelessly in the sector to change that.

Join her in conversation with Diane Curry OBE and David Morgan to discuss whether prisons really are failing us all and what we can do to make sure the criminal justice system works for all of us in the future.

The evening will be a celebration of all the amazing work that goes on behind the walls and out in the community, from those with first-hand experience. A panel discussion will be followed by live entertainment and the chance to network and share knowledge with others working in the field. There will also be the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Criminal.

Diane Curry OBE is the CEO of Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group (POPS). Diane has made outstanding contributions to the Criminal Justice Sector and is a significant pioneer and remarkable leader with regards to her work with offenders’ families and Black and Minority Ethnic Offenders. In 2002 Diane developed and implemented the Black Prisoners Support Project (BPSP) group work programs and had a pivotal role in setting up the charity National Body of Black Prisoner Support Groups and the Coalition for Racial Justice (CRJUK).

In 2006 Diane received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, in recognition of her outstanding work in this area. Diane was also an advisory member of the Farmer Review, The Young Review, EQUAL and the HMPPS External Advice and Scrutiny Panel and is currently a Trustee for the Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance. Diane is currently an advisory member of the Prison Reform Trust, Building Futures Project.

David Morgan founded Entrepreneurs Unlocked CIC in 2019 after a ten-year career in prison education. David was inspired to set up his own organisation after receiving a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship and travelling around the USA researching prison and community entrepreneurship programmes.

Entrepreneurs Unlocked CIC provides specialist and focused programmes of learning and support for people with convictions who are looking to develop their entrepreneurial talent and become positive contributors to society.

David has been recognised as “One to Watch in 2022” by the Social Entrepreneur Index and has been awarded the Community and Social Business 2021 at the Greater Manchester Business Awards.