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Unfettered Voices: Homeless People in their Own Words

In partnership with the Pavement Magazine

Chaired by Mat Amp . A spirit forged in the DIY English cultures of punk, reggae and acid house and formative years spent in Nigeria (the other country I’m from). My lived experience of homelessness included stints sofa surfing, squats, shooting galleries, the street and finally hostels. Now a writer for the Pavement as well as working for Groundswell.

With Ian Judson, a previously homeless journalist

Rosie Roskoph, who wasn’t born yesterday. She was due but never arrived. If and when she does it’s likely she’ll join the Peace Force. Possibly the Armoured Peace as she’s likely fond of revolution and the protection may be handy for times when she’s likely to have nowhere safe to sleep. 

Nicola Baird is an environmental journalist who also teaches journalism. She started editing the Pavement in 2018 and has also written/edited 10 books (most recently Why Women Will Save the Planetfor Friends of the Earth/C40)

Anne Cooper has worked on creative writing projects including at the V&A, The South London and Maudsley Hospital and St Mungos Recovery College. She was writer-in-residence at Cressingham Gardens, a council estate facing demolition and working with residents produced the book 306: Living Under the Shadow of Regeneration. She is the author of Touched and the antiwar poem 21st Century Guernica, She has performed widely including at the Bowery Poetry Club NYC.

Denise Collins I became homeless when my relationship broke down and that lead to a domino effect of everything falling down in and around my life...