THE SLEEP QUILT: A BOOK BY TRACY CHEVALIER AND FINE CELL WORK

The Sleep Quilt is unlike any other quilt you will have seen. Commissioned by Tracy Chevalier, it is entirely stitched and quilted by prisoners in some of Britain’s toughest jails. Each of its sixty-three panels describes a prisoner's personal feelings about sleep. It's a hugely emotive subject in prison, and the quilt is by turns poignant, funny and profound, and always very moving.

Each panel of the Sleep Quilt is featured on its own page, and there are many further pages of close-up details, and comments by some of the prisoners who worked on it.  An essay by Tracy Chevalier tells the story of how she commissioned the quilt and how it was made. The huge difference that this work can make to prisoners' lives and to their eventual reintegration in society is described by Katy Emck, director of  Fine Cell Work, the charity that helps prisoners by teaching them to stitch.  The book is completed by personal recollections of prisoners whose lives have been turned around by what they learned from Fine Cell Work.

Please watch the video above to learn more.


We're very excited to announce that the first lot of books have now been printed and that we've received lots of lovely feedback from readers.

The Kickstarter campaign was a great success and raised an amazing £8,482 for publication.

We've now started a follow-up campaign on Indiegogo to fund the printing of even more copies of the book. There you can order the book, as well as the goodies that were available on Kickstarter, including unique cushions and quilts made by prisoners.

Alternatively, you can use the button below to order your copy now, with free first-class delivery in the UK and standard shipping to all other countries.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, please contact us at info@sleepquilt.org

 

 

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