Our 2021 Lecturer was George The Poet

We were delighted that George The Poet, musician, writer, campaigner and podcaster, agreed to deliver the 2021 Longford Lecture. His theme was ‘Change From The Inside: What is possible inside prisons, that is not possible on the outside?’  His lecture took place at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday November 11 at 6.30pm.  It is available to watch by clicking here. The event also featured the award of the Longford Prize to Women in Prison and the reading of the Pinter Poem, and saw the inaugural Kevin Pakenham Award presented by Ronke Phillips Pakenham to the scriptwriter, Jimmy McGovern, for his BBC 1 series, Time, set in a prison. 


About George

George is a London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage, who has worked with National Prison Radio, and with prisoners in various UK jails. His musical poetry is critically acclaimed and he has appeared as a social commentator on Question Time and regularly on Radio 4. His ‘Have You Heard George’s Podcast’  has won many awards, both here and in the States.


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Sara Boxer

Who is the 2022 Lecturer?

We will announce details of our 2022 Longford Lecture in September of 2022.  Tickets will, as always, be available to book free of charge.  The principle of open access to all remains important to the trustees. To register to be sent details please send your name and email address to Sara Boxer at