Beneath author Orasom Suddhisakorn's tough exterior lies the heart of a sensitive and caring individual. Known for her straight-talking, no-nonsense demeanour, she comes across as surprisingly vulnerable when speaking about her initiative to introduce a writing skills programme for convicts at Bang Kwang maximum security jail, which started some three years ago.
A chance meeting with Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha set Orasom on a course to begin a new chapter of her life influencing the lives of convicts with what she does best _ writing.
Recalling her conversation with royalty, she explained: "As writing can serve as an emotional outlet for bottled up feelings, the princess graciously agreed for me to initiate a writing programme for the prisoners because she is keen to help convicts integrate back into society after they serve their jail term. I initially thought of introducing a writing programme for convicts a decade ago, so I was glad that I could finally start. Close to three years have elapsed since, and I believe our students have benefited from this programme, and have learned to deal with their emotions better.
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