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Homeless People in their Own Words: With the pavement

In partnership with the Pavement Magazine

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.


Chaired by 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...


Rosie Sparklepants

The three women on the panel have all taken part in the From the Ground Up project the Pavement runs with Groundswell. Funded by Comic Relief the project teaches peer journalism skills to people with lived experience of homelessness. This year we are going to focus the problems faced by women who find themselves homeless.