March to the Gaol

On Saturday 25th March 2023, around 500 people from all communities across Reading and beyond including MPs, council officials and local arts groups marched to Reading Gaol in a lively and colourful demonstration of the support for Reading Gaol to be saved as an arts and cultural centre. Starting from the Hexagon, the March was led …

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Ballads for Reading Gaol – Winning Entries

We are delighted that our two winning poems have been recited by actor Michael Maloney. Adult winner – The Ballad of Reading Gaol Resurrection by Ros Hatt Under 18 winner – To Escape by Lilly Bell

Ballads for Reading Gaol

Our poetry competion Ballads for Reading Gaol was judged by Stephen Moss, former literary editor of The Guardian. The adult winner was Ros Hatt with her poem ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol Resurrection’ and Lilly Bell won the under 18 category with ‘To Escape’. We will be arranging video recitations of the two winning poems …

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Don’t be a Grinch, Ministry of Justice !

Reading Chronicle continues to support the campaign to Save Reading Gaol by challenging the Ministry of Justice’s silence regarding Banksy’s generous offer to support Reading Councils bid.

Potential boost for Council’s Gaol bid

The Reading Chronicle reports that local MP Matt Rodda has written to the Justice Secretary about a potential multi-million-pound pledge to top up the Council’s bid for Reading Gaol.