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The Sacred #42: Mim Skinner

The Sacred #42: Mim Skinner

In the 42nd episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth Oldfield talks to Mim Skinner, author of ‘Jailbirds: Lessons from a Women’s Prison’. 26/06/2019

Mim Skinner is the author of ‘Jailbirds’ which contains stories of her time teaching art in a women’s prison. She currently runs the women’s project for the charity Handcrafted, supporting women to connect to community, housing and recovery through creativity. She is also co–founder of Refuse which works to intercept food which would otherwise go to landfill and do some good with it.

In this episode, Mim talks about what she learned from working with female prisoners, the positive influence of living in the North East having grown up in the home counties, and why feminism sometimes struggles to accommodate the most vulnerable women.

This podcast is a project of Theos Think Tank (@theosthinktank) and is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield (@theoselizabeth).

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is host of The Sacred podcast. She was Theos’ Director from August 2011 – July 2021. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, and writing in The Financial Times.

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Posted 26 June 2019

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