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Talk Wigtown Book Festival | Chris Atkins - A Bit of a Stretch


In person & Online event

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

Welcome to Her Majesty’s Prison Service, where you can exchange a tin of tuna for clean clothes, find ‘spice’ more easily than paracetamol and where self-harm barely raises an eyebrow. Like most people, Christ Atkins didn’t consider what life inside would be like… until he was sent down for five years. His new home would be HMP Wandsworth, one of the largest and most dysfunctional prisons in Europe. Filled with dark humour and shocking stories, A Bit of a Stretch reveals why our creaking prison system is sorely costing us all.

About the author: Chris Atkins is best known as a documentary maker. In 2016 he was prosecuted for his involvement in an illegal tax scheme which was used to fund one of his films. He is now back in North London working on a music documentary and making a podcast series about prison life.

This event will have live subtitles provided by Stagetext, delivered by MyClearText.

Event details

Thu 30 Sep 2021, 8:00pm

Live subtitles (remote) by Stagetext

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Venue details

Wigtown Book Festival
County Buildings
Main Hall

Phone: 01988 403 222 (Box Office)

Website: Wigtown Book Festival

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