Pentonville Learner at The Guardian

Voice of the Ville

Pentonville Learner Gives Guardian Journalists A Run For Their Money!

A former offender learner from Pentonville Prison was given the chance to pit his writing skills against Guardian journalists following a special work experience opportunity.

Tyrone first took up writing whilst in Prison under a training programme delivered by Kensington and Chelsea College to rehabilitate prisoners. He was soon contributing articles to the prison newsletter – Voice of the Ville.

The training programme is supported by the Guardian and Observer whose journalists regularly visit the prison to offer advice and feedback on the prisoners’ written work.

During one such recent visit Tyrone was inspired to turn his life around and was nominated by his tutor as a candidate for a work placement at the Guardian and Observer on his release.

As part of the one-day placement with the newspaper Tyrone shadowed journalists and had a car review he had written featured online as part of the Observer magazine car review.

Kensington and Chelsea College prison tutor, Jennifer Thomas, said: ‘Over the years we have had a regular flow of journalists from the Guardian and Observer who volunteer their time delivering workshops to our newsletter class. When a senior member of the Guardian News Desk, visited he was really impressed with our learners and their work, especially a review Tyrone had written. When the offer of a placement at the Guardian came up I knew Tyrone would be a brilliant candidate and make us proud, and he has proven me right.’