55 writers are included in a second charity anthology that brings issues around housing, poverty and crisis to life through the power of storytelling. Volume One of the Stories for Homes Project raised over £3K for housing charity Shelter and raised awareness of housing issues. Volume Two of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction and again all proceeds will be donated to the charity.
What I Thought:
I think we all continue to be shocked by Grenfell Tower and the response to it – some reports from just last month indicate that 80% of survivors are still yet to be rehoused – so this second volume of Stories for Homes goes some way to raise both money and awareness of the ongoing agony that the survivors are going through.
Volume 1 of this project raised £3K for Shelter and helped to bring awareness to the very many and complex issues that surround housing and homelessness in this country – they say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but the fact that these issues continue to make headlines and show no signs of improving is a real indictment of our government and our country.
The 55 stories in this anthology, whether they are from previously published or unpublished writers, deal with ‘Home’ as both a physical entity and as a concept – is Home your four walls, or is it your family, your friends or where you feel safest?
It also deals with complex issues, such as a return from prison (Coming Home), the end of the American Dream from a migrant perspective (Giving Thanks), feeling safe in your own home (Up the Garden Path) and even uses fairytale to look at the value we put on our own homes (A House of My Own)
Varied in length and style though they may be, there will be at least one story in this collection that resonates with everyone – at the very least it shines a light on the ongoing struggles faced by too many of our most vulnerable citizens every day.
With the proceeds of this volume again going to Shelter, it’s well worth buying – especially as we move into the coldest months of the year – if only to allow Shelter to help more people in crisis. You can buy the ebook from Amazon, or directly from The Stories for Homes website, where you can also pick up the first volume and additional content.
If you feel you would like to make a donation to Shelter, outside of the purchase of this book, then you can do so here. There is lots of information about where your money will go, plus the option for a one-off, or regular donation.
The Blog tour has been ongoing, since the anthology’s release on 28th September, so please do check out some of the other fantastic blog taking part:
Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to enable accurate participation in the book tour. All opinions are, as ever, my own.