- Title Pages
- Notes on contributors
1Openings and introductions: education for the many, prison for the few
2From prisoner to student
- Vignette 1 Choosing my journey
3Pioneers and politics: Open University journeys in Long Kesh during the years of conflict 1972–75
- Vignette 2 Avoiding the mind-numbing vortex of drivel …
4A university without walls
- Vignette 3 Starting a new chapter
5Open universities, close prisons: critical arguments for the future
- Vignette 4 Out of the abysmal
6The light to fight the shadows: on education as liberation
7From despair to hope
- Vignette 5 Making my commitment
8Straight up! From HMP to PhD
9From Open University in prison to convict criminology upon release: mind the gap
- Vignette 6 Message to a prisoner
10From the school of hard knocks to the university of hard locks
11Becoming me with The Open University
- Vignette 7 Catching up with Kafka
12From D102 to Paulo Freire: an Irish journey
- Vignette 8 My journey, my new life
13Ex-prisoners and the transformative power of higher education
- Vignette 9 Prison choices: taking a degree or packing tea?
14What the OU did for me
- Appendix: Study with The Open University
From despair to hope
From despair to hope
- (p.111) 7 From despair to hope
- Degrees of Freedom
- Policy Press
Margaret Gough never expected to go to university and was shocked to find herself serving a long prison sentence. In this chapter she provides a vivid account of how one led to the other as she rediscovered her talent for learning in prison. Her Open University studies opened more doors than she expected, and though her account of harrowing times moves toward hopeful conclusions, she remains circumspect that the stains of imprisonment can be removed while prejudice against those who have been in prison goes unchallenged.
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