ONE 8 • ‘She’s My Dream Come True’: Polmont YOI Short Story Winner

She’s My Dream Come True As part of ONE Magazine’s prison writing programme we hosted a creative writing competition throughout the young offenders institution. Entires came in from throughout the gaol, in all genres, and this piece of fictionalised autobiography emerged the winner. PJ Thompson’s delicate piece demonstrates that not …

ONE blogs – JAMES W WOOD – THE GIFT: PHILIP BLOND AND NEW LOCALISM

By way of a springtime gift, I can’t offer readers of ONE anything better than to direct them to this piece by Philip Blond, a Director of Demos, the London-based research institute: http://www.prospect-magazine.co.uk/article_details.php?id=10608 In it, Blond describes with laser accuracy the nature of the current crisis – and what needs …

ONE 5 • Spring Edits, Velvet Living: Atwood, Kral and Gorbanevskya

Spring Edits, Velvet Living: Atwood, Kral and Gorbanevsky How could I possibly join the convention of writers in Prague for a festival, focused on the Soviet/Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, without getting stirred up, and in my Southern-American speak, all a twitter? Quite frankly, I’ve tired of the 60s, primarily …

ONE 3 • Prisons, Cemeteries and Concentration Camps: them & us

Last spring, I began to teach creative writing at Polmont Young Offenders Institution, a prison for young men in Scotland. Society would like to believe prisons are liminal: prisoners go in, spend some time, are rehabilitated, come out reformed. At the end of my first visit, when I walked out, …