From 2014-2017, Mim Skinner worked inside prison as an art teacher. She now runs the women's project for the charity Handcrafted, supporting women reconnect to community, housing and recovery from addiction through creativity. She is also a co-founder and director of multi award-winning community interest company REFUSE, which works to intercept food that would otherwise go to landfill. The REFUSE cafe in Chester-Le-Street also works alongside local mental health services and probation and prison resettlement services. After publishing Jailbirds Mim was named by Elle Magazine as one of 2019's '50 Game Changers'. Mim lives in the north-east of England with her husband, Sam and their cat, Monkey.
I've never read a book like Jailbirds before - which shows quite
how much we need it. It is very funny and very important and
reminds us that women in jail are still women worth listening to.
I'm only grateful - for them, and for us - that Mim was listening.
* Pandora Sykes *
Mim's warmth and understanding make for a humane, sometimes humorous, and always perceptive account of prison life. This book is a fine achievement. * Ken Loach *
Jailbirds is a very real and powerful account of living and working in a women's prison - with all the complexities, pain, frustrations and hope to be encountered there. It's a really accessible, engaging read and we will be recommending it to new staff as part of their induction. * Kate Paradine, CEO of Women in Prison *
Skinner's warmth and empathy radiates from the pages in this eye-opening read. Humbling, hopeful and wryly hilarious in equal measure, it serves as a powerful reminder about the importance that women's voices - even behind bars - deserve to be heard. * SUNDAY HERALD *
Skinner's book is full of nitty-gritty details of life inside, and peppered with stories (some tragic, some funny, some poignant, all real) of the women who make up Britain's female prison population. -- Joanna Moorhead * THE OBSERVER *