Charity information


NOT SHUT UP exists to encourage writing and art by prisoners and others in secure settings, and to publish the best of that writing in a magazine. 7500 copies are distributed free three times a year.

Founded 2003

  • Mission statement

    We encourage prisoners, and others in secure settings, to reflect on their lives and express themselves in words and images. Our magazine aims to form a bridge between people: readers can see themselves reflected in what others have written.

    Our aim is to assist in rehabilitation: self-expression raises self-esteem. We believe people deprived of their freedom for whatever reason should not feel defined solely by that fact.

    Our project is also to encourage our contributors to show themselves interested in subjects other than their situation. We want them to speak about their lives and their feelings in words and images that they create themselves.

    Our magazine is professionally designed and edited; we believe it should look as good as our funds will allow.

  • Aims

    NOT SHUT UP aims to:

    • To have the funds to establish small premises where ex-prisoners can assist in the design and production of the magazine
    • To make our magazine an established and enduring presence in the prisons and places where people are, for whatever reason, incarcerated.
    • To establish outlets outside the institutions we serve where the wider public can buy and read our magazine
  • Overview

    Established: July 2003

    Registered Charity Number: 1090610

    Board members: 10

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 0207 978 9334


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