The Gentleman Jack effect, how a Leeds scholar went from prison to Nobel Prize nominee and more – Five long reads from the Yorkshire Post team this week

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Neil Samworth spent 11 years working at Strangeways Prison. Almost four years ago he published a memoir, his own account of life is like in prison.

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Now he must know some of those behind bars and has written a sequel, giving prisoners a voice.

Neil Samworth spent time working as a prison officer in Strangeways. Photo: Pan Macmillan

From prison to Nobel Prize nominee

IT has been the journey of a lifetime from the remote foothills of the Himalayas to international pre-eminence as an authority on human rights for Surya Subedi.

Along the way, the Leeds academic has been jailed for championing democracy, helping to rebuild a country torn apart by mass murder, advising the Foreign Office on promoting freedom and being nominated for the Nobel Prize Peace.

Gentleman Jack is back on television for a second series. Photo: BBC/Point of View

Dogs are changing the lives of autistic boys

The Sheffield Support Dogs charity celebrates its 30th anniversary and has been helping adults and children with autism, epilepsy and a number of serious medical conditions since 1992, helping them lead safer and more more independent.

His autism assistance dogs have transformed the lives of countless families, including two South Yorkshire boys – Jacob Brailsford and Stanley Nutton.

Jacob Brailsford and autism service dog Jai Jayy. Image: Support Dogs

Yorkshire actor on the big screen

Huddersfield actor Danny Kirrane appears in cinemas in the National Theater production of Shakespeare’s Henry V.

He read physics and astrophysics at the University of Leeds before starting his acting career and starred in Trollied and Game of Thrones.

Danny Kirrane, center stage, in the National Theater production of William Shakespeare’s Henry V. Photos: Helen Murray

Four words have come to encompass the powerful impact of Sally Wainwright’s TV series on historic Halifax landowner Anne Lister – the Gentleman Jack effect.

The phrase epitomizes the show’s influence in all its forms, highlighting as much how Lister’s sharing of history as the “first modern lesbian” has emboldened LGBTQ+ communities, as well as how Calderdale and the wider West Yorkshire region are reaping the benefits of increased visitor numbers and a focus on television and film production.

Professor Surya Subedi giving a speech in Kathmandu as a human rights activist in 1980. Photo: Surya Subedi/University of Leeds


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