Erwin James

Erwin James

Redeemable: Darkness and Hope

Bristol800/
Sat 19 March 2016

Erwin James

Redeemable: Darkness and Hope

Erwin James
Sat 19 March 2016,

Even in the darkness of despair hope and change is possible. Born in Somerset in 1957 to itinerant Scottish parents, Erwin James lost his mother when he was seven. Shipped from home to home after his father turned to alcohol and violence, he committed his first crime of breaking and entering when he was ten. His petty crime turned increasingly violent, culminating in the terrible events for which he was jailed for life in 1984.

Entering prison at 27, James struggled to come to terms with the enormity of his crimes and a future without purpose or hope. Helped to understand the truth of his past by a prison psychologist, his life was transformed. Through reading and education over the next 20 years James was awarded a BA in History and become a regular columnist for the Guardian.

Speaking to the very heart of the human condition, Erwin James shows that no matter how far a person may fall, redemption is possible with the right kind of help.

This is one of the events in a special weekend of activity looking at endings and beginnings (a theme which will also be part of other festival events in 2016).

It is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).

 

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