Past event

Letters from the Inside, Brixton Prison, 2016

14 December 2016

On 14th December 2016, to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Prison Radio Association, Letters Live presented LETTERS FROM THE INSIDE – a truly unique show that took place in the chapel of Her Majesty’s Prison, Brixton.


Over the course of the evening a diverse cast of great performers that included two ex-prisoners and one serving prisoner brought to life letters written by people from all walks of life, including previously unseen correspondence from the pens of inmates. Tom Odell performed two rousing and very fitting versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’ and Joe Cocker’s ‘The Letter.’


Our most intimate show to date, LETTERS FROM THE INSIDE was in aid of the Prison Radio Association – Third Sector’s 2016 Charity of the Year – and the show was broadcast live on National Prison Radio to 110 prisons across England and Wales.


Founded in 2006, Prison Radio Association run National Prison Radio – the world’s only national radio station for prisoners. Aiming to harness the power of media to reduce crime, National Prison Radio broadcasts into the cells of 80,000 prisoners, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


Wednesday, 14 December 2016


Benedict Cumberbatch

He is not a forgiving cat

John Cheever to Josie Herbst



Benedict Cumberbatch and Olivia Colman

I am so close behind you

Leonard Cohen to Marianne Ihlen



Clarke Peters

My Dungeon Shook

James Baldwin to His Nephew



Clarke Peters and Kae Tempest

Hang on my love

Iggy Pop to Laurence




I am in receipt of your Final Demand

Naval Officer to A Creditor



Julia Howard

Don’t Give Up

Jane Fonda to Herself



Kae Tempest

You are worthy

Prisoner to National Prison Radio

Brand New Ancients

Original piece



Mariella Frostrup

The Matchbox

Sylvia Townsend Warner to Alyse Gregory



Mark Strong

I miss her no less every day

Prisoner to National Prison Radio

Alone, I am no longer a lonely soul

Bertrand Russell to Colette O’Neil



Matt Berry

Happy New Years!!!

Michael Balogan

Brown is as pretty as white

W. E. B. Du Bois to Yolande Du Bois

The help is out there


Olivia Colman

Fortunately, I had my new radio

Mary Grant to A. Walker



Russell Brand

I do occasionally eat

Lucian Freud to Lynn Barber





Tom Odell

The Letter
I Shall Be Released


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