Through the production of a national arts magazine, along with publishing, new media and live literature initiatives, Not Shut Up supports and celebrates the creativity of those held in secure hospitals, refugee centres, prisons, children’s homes and other custodial settings.
As a registered charity, we work with and feature a wide range of UK-based and international organisations who champion arts and writing by the “unfree”, with the express understanding that our sector should work more collaboratively to achieve lasting social change.
HOW WE HAVE GROWN
In 2003, Not Shut Up started as a magazine publishing creative writing from prisons in London.
Since then, we have come to represent all secure settings around the country, and increasingly from other parts of the world. We also publish stories from those working with the unfree, as well as their families and friends.
Alongside creative writing and art, we feature interviews and articles celebrating success stories and guiding readers how best to use the power of creative thinking, reading and writing to turn their lives around.
The ability to understand and express oneself is not a “soft target add on” to the complex and difficult work being done in secure establishments all over the world. Real arts force us to reflect on our actions and consider fresh outcomes. Whether used simply to express our identities through storytelling, visuals, crafts and performing arts, or used to create works of life-changing greatness, everyone has the need to engage with others and the potential to express themselves for a common good.
If you are an artist in custody, or someone who has been behind bars, or works with people who are, or are simply interested in helping us achieve our mission, we want to hear from you. Have a look at our website, enjoy the wide range of creative content on offer, and do get in touch.
We publish our magazine four times a year, distributing free copies to over 300 locations in the UK and beyond. With over 200,000 people held in secure custody at any one time in Britain alone, we represent a huge number of writers and readers. Adding to those numbers those who work with them, their families and friends, along with international audiences – our reach is substantial.
All of our activities are funded through generous grants from trusts and other awarding bodies, but we are always keen to hear from those who can help us grow – if you know of any ways we can develop our income and hence our reach, we would like to hear from you!
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT US
MAKE A DONATION
Not Shut Up magazine appears four times a year. While the majority of our funding comes from trusts and foundations, private donations are also essential to the work we do. You can donate money to Not Shut Up using the Donate button. Not Shut Up is a registered charity (No. 1090610) and relies on donations and subscriptions to continue.
You can subscribe to Not Shut Up as either an Individual, receiving one copy of each issue, for £15.00 a year or as an Organisation, receiving ten copies of each issue, for £50.00 a year. You can subscribe via PayPal.
SUBSCRIBE & DONATE
You can also subscribe and donate to Not Shut Up by post. The cost is the same as subscribing online (£15.00 for an Individual and £50.00 for an Organisation), but you can add cheques or postal orders for larger amounts, payable to Not Shut Up.
DONATE BY POST
You can also donate money by sending cheques or postal orders to the following address: Not Shut Up, Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA, UK
WHO SUPPORT US
NOT SHUT UP recently received a two-year Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England, designed to develop our artistic projects and enhance the reach of our publication. We are always hugely grateful for the support of trusts and funders whose donations allow us to distribute free copies of our magazine to around 300 secure locations and probation teams around the country – we could not do this without help from the following: