Cultural Communications & Curating

Hay in the Parc

Project Management

Can poetry and prose steer prisoners away from a life of crime? That's the aim of a unique experiment between the biggest literary festival in the world and the biggest prison in Wales.
Hay in the Parc, held entirely in Bridgend's Parc Prison, Wales, invites authors appearing at the world-famous in Hay-on-Wye to venture inside the jail to talk to prisoners about how the arts could change the way they think.

 Phil Forder, Arts Intervention Manager at Parc, is the organiser of this initiative between the Hay Festival and the prison. In 2012, Silvia Converso supported the fifth Hay in the Parc and coordinated talks and workshops of Hay Festival authors which took place in HMP Parc.  Photo: Ivor Pricket   Read more about Phil Forder and Hay in the Parc

Phil Forder, Arts Intervention Manager at Parc, is the organiser of this initiative between the Hay Festival and the prison.
In 2012, Silvia Converso supported the fifth Hay in the Parc and coordinated talks and workshops of Hay Festival authors which took place in HMP Parc. 
Photo: Ivor Pricket

Read more about Phil Forder and Hay in the Parc

 ITV Wales released a documentary about the fifth Hay in the Parc with interviews to Phil Forder, inmates, prison officers as well as festival participants and organisers.   Watch the full documentary Bang to Writes

ITV Wales released a documentary about the fifth Hay in the Parc with interviews to Phil Forder, inmates, prison officers as well as festival participants and organisers.

Watch the full documentary Bang to Writes