Creative Writers sought for HM Prison Residencies

Tees Valley Arts is seeking creative writers to work in HM Prisons Holme House and Kirklevington Grange to offer prisoners creative activities, to help them develop new skills, personal confidence and positive ways of passing the time.

Holme House Prison:

Holme House is a prison for men of 18 years and over. It is a ‘closed’ site, meaning that there are high levels of security controls both at the entrance and within the setting. HH holds over a thousand prisoners, serving varied sentence terms.

Holme House residency: (1 dpw – Thursdays)

HH creative writing (Mar – May 17) 7 weeks, 2 sessions per day

Kirklevington Grange Prison:

Kirklevington Grange is an open prison for men of 18 years and over. The prisoners involved in this project are coming towards the end of their custodial sentences and are preparing for life outside, so many are supported to volunteer or engage in paid work outside the setting. The men have some freedom of choice over their activities within the ‘prison day’.

Kirklevington Grange residencies: (1 dpw – Wednesdays)

KG creative writing 1 (Jan – Apr 17) 12 weeks, one session per day
KG creative writing 2 (May – Aug 17) 16 weeks, one session per day

Duration: Please see briefs for timetable
Fees: Please see brief for fees

Application Information

To Apply

Please send your CV (no more than TWO sides of A4) and a letter of application (no more than ONE side of A4) that states your relevant experience and suitability for the role.

Please note:

  • You must be able to attend EVERY session and meet deadlines outlined in brief.
  • You will be responsible for your own transport to sessions and meetings.
  • You will need to provide evidence of public liability insurance at the point of the awarding of contract.
  • You must abide by all HM Prisons Health, Safety and Safeguarding policies and regulations when on their premises
  • You must abide by all HM Prisons Security and Vetting requirements


Your application must arrive by 5pm Tuesday 29th November 2016.

Send applications to:

Miki Rogers
Tees Valley Arts
Royal Middlehaven House
21 Gosford Street

Or email to:

Please note: email applications are preferred.

Selection will be made Wednesday 30th November 2016 (TVA may hold interviews on Thursday 1st December if we think it’s necessary).

For any further information, please contact Miki Rogers, Project Manager, 01642 264654 or (Wednesdays and Thursdays only) or Rowena Sommerville, TVA CEO, on 01642 264 655 or


Project Context

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Creative Writer Residency One (Holme House) Brief

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Creative Writer Residency One (Kirklevington) Brief

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Creative Writer Residency Two (Kirklevington) Brief

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