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June 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • A Criminally Good Day
  • Poetry

Behind Bars

Lady Unchained
Book cover image of Behind Bars alongside photo of author Lady Unchained


Electric Palace, King's Quay Street
Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER United Kingdom
£8 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)

Lady Unchained
Behind Bars: On Punishment, Prison & Release

Electric Palace, King’s Quay Street, Harwich, CO12 3ER
Tickets: £10 / £8 concessions (Students, Under 27s and Unwaged)
Box Office: Online or Mercury Theatre 01206 573948


Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear poet, broadcaster, storyteller, TEDx speaker and mentor, Lady Unchained whose mission is to prove that there is life after prison.

Through poetry she tells her own personal story and the stories of those with experience of the criminal justice system that are often left untold, because of shame, stigma and negative labels.


‘So deeply gripping and inspiring…It will stay with me, always.’ – Annie Macmanus


Part of A Criminally Good Weekend

Join us for some fabulous criminally good author talks and events plus our very first silent film screening at one of Essex’s leading cultural venues and the one of oldest of its kind in the UK, Harwich’s Electric Palace.


A Criminally Good Ticket Deal

Buy a ticket to 3 events, get the 4th event free:

Sat 3rd 1.30pm – Jackie Malton
Sat 3rd 3.00pm – Lady Unchained
Sat 3rd 5.00pm – Ruth Ware
Sun 4th 11.30am – James Naughtie

Discount automatically applied at checkout when tickets for all 4 events are booked.



About the book

An extraordinary debut collection of poetry which tackles the criminal justice system.

In 2008, 21-year-old Lady Unchained got involved in a fight in a club while trying to protect her sister.

Serving 11 months of her prison sentence, her life changed completely. Inside, Lady Unchained began to write, while battling isolation, loneliness and the fear of being wrongly deported. These notes became powerful bars of poetry, capturing first-hand the broken justice system and the racism rooted within it.

Wide-awake poetry, Behind Bars traces how Lady Unchained’s identity was irrevocably changed during her sentencing, time in prison and release.
Behind Bars proves there is life after prison.


About the Author

Lady Unchained is a poet, broadcaster, TEDx speaker, mentor and an advocate for life after prison. She is the founder and creative director of Unchained Poetry, a platform for artists with experience of the criminal justice system.

A passionate advocate for prison reform, Lady Unchained has created a documentary for BBC Radio 4 called ‘Unchained’ and has been interviewed on BBC Radio London and BBC Radio 1Xtra, as well as appearing on Good Morning Britain. She has also featured in publications such as Refinery29 and Metro.

Lady Unchained’s mission is to prove that there is life after prison.



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Electric Palace
King's Quay Street
Harwich, Essex CO12 3ER United Kingdom
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Wheelchair users can access the cinema from the street by a ramp (1 in 12) to the disabled access. On arrival please request a member of staff to open this door for you.

Seating in the Auditorium for wheelchair users
There are four places for wheelchair users near the front of the seating block and there are handrails down both aisles.

The toilet for disabled people is located at the screen end of the cinema

Induction Loop
The cinema has installed an induction loop for use by individuals with hearing impairment.

Please ask the manager or any available member of staff for assistance if you require it. We will be happy to help wherever possible.

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