Saturday, April 12, 2008

Her Majesty's Pen: a collaboration between Joel Thomas Hynes and Gerry Rogers


Saturday, April 12, 2008

At 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, the multi-purpose room at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary becomes both a classroom and documentary film set. On this particular week, eight men — inmates from various wings of the jail, many of whom would never otherwise mix — sit around a semi-circle of tables, paper and pens at the ready. At the centre is author Joel Hynes, leader of the weekly creative writing sessions. Some of the men on either side of him have been coming weekly since the classes began in January; there are also a handful of new participants this week.


Joel Thomas Hynes is the author of Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday.