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.

OSCAR – The Open Skies Centre for Arts in Reading

OSCAR is a multidisciplinary creative hub designed by Kirstin Sinclair (@ksinclair.design) to transform the site of the former Reading Prison from an unwelcoming institution, to a buzzing artistic haven full of performance and inspiration. Kirstin recently graduated with a first-class honours degree in Interior Architecture and Design. OSCAR is her final porfolio project.

Second round of bids opened

Having turned down Reading Borough Council’s March bid for Reading Gaol, the Ministry of Justice has opened a new round of bids. Reading Borough Council’s previous bid of £2.6m remains on the table.

MoJ rejects council bid for Reading Gaol

The Ministry of Justice has seen fit to reject Reading Borough Council’s bid for the Gaol. The Ministry gave the Council just 3 months to put together the bid. They then took two months to decide that they wanted more money. The council have announced that their offer is still on the table.