Former prison officer and best-selling author joins the High Sheriff of Hampshire for a captivating talk providing a behind-the-scenes look at life in prison.

Alex South, is a young former prison officer, author of the best-selling book Behind these Doors: Stories of Strength, Suffering and Survival in Prison, soon to be Book of the Week on Radio 4. Alex presents a lively, gripping, no-holds barred depiction of life in prison and its many devastating and astonishing, and sometimes inspiring, consequences.

She takes us by the hand, behind the gates and through security into prison cells, to the shared kitchens, the prison library, down the corridors and into the ‘seg’ (segregation unit). We meet men who will surprise and shock us in equal measure, as well as prison officers who struggle to contain the challenges the job presents.

The event will end at 9.30pm.