Cologne Prison: Prisoners with (from left) Angela Findlay, Rolf Krumsiek (Minister of Justice), Hans Thönnessen (Governor Director of Prisons), Renate Canisius (Mayor of Cologne)
Very honoured to be the latest contributor to The Forgiveness Project’s collection of stories by people who have explored the possibility of forgiveness in the face of extreme experiences and pain.
Mandy Robotham talks to Stroud artist and public speaker turned writer, Angela Findlay, on the difficulties of her family’s complex past.
Please feel free to read my article Art Behind Bars – how can art make a difference to the life of an offender? in the Autumn edition of The Arts Society magazine:
BBC Radio Berkshire - Monday 18th July
In conversation with Sarah Walker
BBC Radio Newcastle - Monday 18th July
In conversation with Laura Marshall
BBC Radio Sussex and Surrey - Wednesday 13th July
In conversation with Sarah Gorrell
Talk Radio Europe - Tuesday 12th July
Hannah Murray Afternoon Show
BBC Radio Somerset - Monday 11th July
Live conversation with Simon Parkin
BBC Radio Gloucestershire - Monday 4th July
Live conversation with Anna King
Inherited Trauma: Angela Findlay on bearing the guilt of our ancestors
If you learnt of darkness within your family tree - if you discovered an ancestor caused unimaginable pain - would you feel shame? Would you feel guilt?
Bearing the guilt of our forebears may seem counterintuitive, after all, we’re not to blame for their actions. And yet it’s more common than you’d imagine. In her debut book ‘In My Grandfather’s Shadow’, Angela Findlay comes face-to-face with her own inherited trauma, uncovering the life of her dead grandfather, who was a decorated German General during the Second World War.
In this episode we learn how meaningful and life-changing it can be to learn about and uncover your family heritage, we explore the notion of places holding information and memories of the past, and we wrestle with the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘bad’.
Hidden Talent: locked away
Episode 1, BBC2, June, 2005
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen puts his classical fine-art training to use at Her Majesty’s Prison Stafford. Angela was invited to facilitate the warm-up day, leading both prisoners and Llewelyn-Bowen through a series of her colour exercises resulting in a large scale piece of work.
“IT WAS STAGGERING TO WATCH ANGELA. HER ABILITY TO ENTHUSE AND INSPIRE BROKE BARRIERS AND TRANSCENDED BOUNDARIES.”
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen while filming “Hidden Talent: locked away” for BBC2 at HMP Stafford