In this first instalment of audio diaries from his recent stint as poet-in-residence at a maximum security prison, the lucky inmate who is his first workshopee receives Stanza's usual poetic tips, covering such subjects a street culture, spelling and jokes about poets' names.
It's an Irish prisoner this week, Conor, who's the lucky inmate in Sir Ralph's one-to-one sessions as poet-in-residence at Longmore Grange maximum security jail. Consequently the distinguished poet is extra specially keen to be 'sensitive', making sure to encourage the young man to write about 'the troubles', before he returns to his hotel room to toast his success with a can of 'the Guinness'.
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This week's workshoppee is suffering badly from missing his spouse, so Sir Ralph makes sure to get him to write poetry in which he fantasises about her being unfaithful to him while he's stuck inside - guaranteed to be a therapeutic experience.
This week's workshoppee is young black prisoner Jermaine, so Sir Ralph provides a masterclass in rap, street culture and how to be cool.
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Sir Ralph's stint as prison poet-in-residence reaches its climax with an Eminem-style battle on the mics between him and prisoner Jermaine.
Ralph isn't sure his 'posse' has enough 'cred'.