Marek is a writer, translator, publisher and visual artist.
Marek escaped communist Poland as a child, studied literature and comparative religion in London, then worked in a range of settings with excluded communities (refugees, prisoners, care in the community patients). Until recently, he was the Head of Diversity at HMYOI Feltham. He is a member of English PEN’s Readers and Writers Committee and runs OFF_PRESS, an independent publishing house.
Matthew originally worked in mental health, running printmaking, photography and video workshops, and also worked in colleges teaching and running social arts projects. After becoming a judge for the Koestler Prison Arts award scheme, he started doing art projects in prisons. He received an Arts Council Award to research and write about prison art in the UK. The Wallpaper history Society awarded him their first research bursary to write Artists Making Wallpaper.
Anna’s first full collection The Finders of London was published by Enitharmon in 2010. Her pamphlet, Songs from the flats (Hearing Eye 2006), was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice. In 2001, she became the first recipient of The Poetry School Scholarship and her poetry was featured in the School’s second anthology, Entering the Tapestry, (Enitharmon 2003). Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Poetry London, Magma, Brittle Star, The Reater, In The Company of Poets (Hearing Eye 2003) and Oxford Poets 2007 (Oxford/Carcanet).
Phil is the Creative Director of River Publishing, a professional publishing company based in London. He has been with the Not Shut Up project since its inception and continues to evolve the look and feel of the magazine.
Piers lives in London and has studied in Edinburgh and California, where he carried out extensive research into prisons and other social issues affecting Los Angeles during the 1990s. He became involved with Not Shut Up in September 2013 and aims to transform the organisation’s website into a leading platform for the representation of all unfree arts.
Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms.
In 2009, her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction, one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. She has worked as a Writer in Prison and is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Other current projects include a libretto based on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, commissioned by the Slovak National Theatre in collaboration with the composer Lubica Cekovska. This work premiered in Bratislava in 2013.
Jane is editorial director of River Publishing.
Jane oversees the launch of new magazines and works closely with River’s editorial teams on their ongoing publications.
Timothy is a former Head of Learning and Skills at HMP Belmarsh.
Timothy has been a Trustee of Not Shut Up for several years, and brings a wealth of experience in prison education to our work.
Simon is a doctor, psychiatrist, writer and performer.
Simon works for an NHS drugs service for people with substance misuse problems, many of whom who have spent time in prison.
Sarah is writer-in-residence in HMP Wandsworth.
Sarah taught writing in HMP Feltham for five years and edited Write Out of Here: Words from Young Offenders in 2009. She is currently a creative writing tutor in HMP Wandsworth.
Sarah is a freelance fundraising consultant, working with NPOs in the arts
Sarah joined the Board of Trustees in 2013, having worked as a fundraiser for Not Shut Up in the past.
Simon Miles runs the NUJ Journalism course at Wandsworth Prison.
Simon recently directed a play at London’s Pleasance Theatre written by one of his former Wandsworth students, Dean Stalham, and is involved with the Art Saves Lives charity set up by Dean.
Annette is a barrister with an interest in offending and the arts.
Annette has a degree from Cambridge University and a doctorate from Tübingen University in Germany.
Raphael is a reporter for BBC’s flagship current affairs programme Panorama.
Raphael spent twelve years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and subsequently moved into journalism, working first in radio and then in television.
Ella is a writer, academic and former librarian at HMP Holloway.
Ella is involved in numerous projects with arts and offenders, including film, writing and visual arts. She is currently working on a PhD thesis focused on women in custody and related desistance theories.