A series of early evening talks hosted by Sidcot School that take place across the school year in which we explore Quakers and Quaker values in the world today. This informal evening is designed as an opportunity to engage with the speaker, their work and their life.
Date: Monday 18 May – doors open 6.30pm
Venue: Sidcot Arts Centre
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01934 843102
“Dear Tim: Echoes of Death Row”
Would YOU grant Tim a retrial?
Swithin Fry dramatically tells the story of his visit to a draughty Death Row cell block in Ohio to meet inmate A328139, his penpal Tim Coleman; and how that meeting led him to uncover a maze of legal catch-22s in Tim’s bid for a retrial. Tim has seen 16 years inside Death Row, convicted of aggravated murder in 1997, when Swithin met him in early 2012 he described him as stoic, determined to somehow prove his innocence, and full of laughter
Poignant, often humorous, Swithin’s true-life story asks: ‘Why is Tim still on Death Row despite another Death Row inmate confessing to the murder 14 years ago?'
“Fascinating insight into the nature of one prisoner’s stand — and how the determination of one man might make a difference”
Amnesty International magazine: Spring 2015
After Swithin, a retired lecturer, met Tim, a “retired drug dealer”, he felt compelled to get to the truth. He emailed top defence attorneys and also other inmates, the man who confessed to the murder and another who admits lying against Tim in the trial. Not expecting replies from any of them…
“Real, genuine...witty’’; “Engrossing”’; “Powerful”