Walk For Forgiveness Arrives at the University of Gloucestershire

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Tuesday October 23, 6.15pm-8.15pm, Large Lecture Theatre TC001, Francis Close Hall, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ

Former prisoner Frankie Owens will be delivering a guest lecture at the University of Gloucestershire on Tuesday October 23 as part of his walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

The award-winning author of the Little Book of Prison, a Beginner’s Guide is walking the length of the country visiting towns and cities along the way in support of the Forgiveness Project.

Frankie started his walk on September 1 and finishes 1160 miles later on November 1 at Land’s End. Destinations include visits to prisons, probation trusts, youth offender groups, university and charities that work to help promote understanding, rehabilitation and re-integration of ex-offenders.

Dr David Turner, Course Leader in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire, said: “We are delighted Frankie has chosen to present a guest lecture at the University as part of his fundraising walk spreading the word about the Forgiveness Project. This promises to be an interesting evening with Frankie’s unique perspective on crime, punishment and forgiveness.”

Frankie has been welcomed by numerous universities and other organisations such as Works For Freedom, The Justice Gap and The Royal Society of Arts. He is aiming to raise £10,000 for the Forgiveness Project, and raise awareness of the concept of forgiveness in society.

Frankie said: “After being a prisoner and losing everything I am now an award winning writer with 30 articles published and counting,” adding, “I decided that I would do something to highlight forgiveness and how imperative it is to ex-offenders in order for them to re-integrate into society and focus on a positive future and not fall into social isolation or re-offending the product of focusing on the negative past. Society must contemplate forgiveness and take the opportunity to recognise all the reasons the criminal committed the crime then they can make an informed decision.”

Admission to the lecture is free, but to reserve a place please contact: Caroline Jean-Paul [email protected] 01242 714 572.

About the University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

The University of Gloucestershire delivers approximately 100 undergraduate course choices including accounting, law, business and management, fine art, TV production, humanities, leisure and tourism, social work and education plus and a diverse range of postgraduate and research degrees, and professional courses.

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Source: University of Gloucestershire

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