Leah Thorn
spoken word poet


Leah leads ‘poetry-for-empowerment’ workshops across the prison estate nationally. Her facilitation style is rooted in her own writing and performance practice, in a background in psychology and in forty years’ experience of feminism and peer-counselling. She has an MA in Creative Writing & Personal Development from Sussex University

Accompanying the Anne Frank Trust Prison Project exhibition ‘Anne Frank: a history for today’, Leah takes themes from Anne’s story, such as incarceration, survival, injustice and hope, and enables prisoners to explore their own situations and lives. Inspiring individual and group poems are created and disseminated through anthologies and performance


Particularly committed to working with women, Leah has been a Writers In Prison Network writer-in-residence at a women’s prison and has since undertaken residencies with the organisation, Women in Prison, developing and facilitating expressive writing workshops with older women in prison

Leah frequently delivers presentations and keynote speeches and has contributed chapters to publications such as ‘Interventions in Criminal Justice; a handbook for counsellors and therapists working in the Criminal Justice System’ and ‘This Place Is Yours’, an Australian publication and movement promoting creativity as a tool for individual and social transformation


In recognition of her work in prisons, Leah has been awarded a Special Commendation Arts and Health Award by the Royal Society for Public Health