Author Archives: micsirwin

About micsirwin

I'm a Postgraduate student at Queens studying Criminology, writer, poet and lover of integrity, dignity, respect and morality

The Importance of Fact – Coolmoyne House

As I trudge up the stairs to go to the loo I look out my landing window as I often do. Looking across to the high rise flats and Colin Mountain is often hypnotic to me as it conjures memories … Continue reading

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Laughter in Prison – How Very Dare You.

Be careful what you wish for. As a few of you might already know my physical and mental health has not been all that clever over the past few months. After a recent flare up in the old bowel department … Continue reading

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Settling Dust On HMP Time

7.00am and I’m sitting here listening to the washing machine humming away in the background and thought I’d share the events of last week. The long awaited official launch of ‘My Life Began At Forty’ finally arrived on Friday night … Continue reading

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Duty of Care – HMP Style

This Government decimated prison staffing levels to save money and have now done a complete U-turn. Continue reading

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Ten Years Down and Life To Go.

“You need someone to talk to who’s not yourself.” Unfortunately, due to recent events, this anniversary blog is not the one I’d planned. I’ll cut to the chase and get it off my chest as always, getting it out there … Continue reading

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Prison From The Inside

“Hurt people hurt people” a harrowing quote from ‘Pat’, a female participant in last night’s second episode of ‘Prison From The Inside’ on BBC1 Northern Ireland – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08n1rgv There were several times when I had tears running down my cheeks … Continue reading

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What Is Hope?

Release date for my book “My Life Began At Forty” 1st of May 2017. Continue reading

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