Marvin's Straightline Story

Mastering the chaos of time and space in his own head, Marvin Blair, a former art student at the Chelsea School of Art, channeled his inner trauma into expressive pieces of art.

His life took a sharp detour when he was sentenced to life in prison at the age of 24. During his 15 years in prison, his creative streaks continued from behind bars as he transformed his cell into his own personal canvas.

Tragedy struck when Marvin's brother died during his prison sentence. He was unable to attend the funeral. In 2019 Marvin was released from prison. He is slowly rebuilding his life at home in Liverpool near his family again, where he finally gets the chance to be a father, a brother and friend.



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Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust offers mentoring across England and Wales in a range of artforms.

tel 020 8740 0333

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AFFECT: Action for Families Enduring Criminal Trauma

Support for families and friends of prisoners. Telephone listening and counselling nationwide, group meetings and face-to-face support.

tel 03003653651

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Family Lives

National Family Support Charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.

tel 0808 800 2222