Over the last few months, you may have noticed that we have been supporting an exciting new project, Stories for Homes 2 through our Jel Social service. To coincide with the release of the 2nd paperback, we’d like to introduce to you the Stories for Homes anthologies.
As our first major project, we have featured the Stories for Homes Volume 2 anthology across our social networks, sharing the news about the book, its charitable aims, authors and contributors, as well as its publishing milestones. You may have noticed the hugely successful #SfH2 hashtag which has been creating a buzz online, especially Twitter, for the last few months. With the help of the online community, ThunderClap, celebrity authors and supporters, the book has already made a huge amount for charity and received 5* reviews.
What is Stories for Homes?
The Stories for Homes project has been uniting writers through the power of story telling, with the aim of creating an anthology of stories about the meaning of ‘home’. All the production and administration has been done on a volunteer basis, with every single penny going to housing charity Shelter.
The first edition of Stories for Homes launched in 2013 to raise awareness of housing issues and raised over £3K for Shelter. Known and emerging writers were invited to submit stories on the theme of ‘home’ and after a rigorous editorial process, 63 stories were selected for the anthology. Click here to get your copy of Stories for Homes 1.
Stories for Homes 2 launched on 28th September 2017 in response to the housing crisis in the UK and to support the those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. 55 writers are included in this charity anthology, which highlights the issues around housing, poverty and crisis. This edition of the anthology includes stories, poems and flash fiction from eminent authors, with all royalties being donated to Shelter once more.
As the project received a high volume of submissions, an online anthology including 29 further pieces was added to the Stories for Homes website. Click here to read the stories. There is also a collection of real-life stories about homelessness, housing crises, and the experience of working on the front-line as a professional working with homeless people. Click here to read the real-life stories.
What the authors say
Anthology co-editor Debi Alper said,
“Access to a safe and secure home is a human right – one that thousands of people are denied in 21st century Britain. This world class anthology is a good deed in a very naughty world.”
Emma Darwin, author of The Mathematics of Love, commented on the quality of writing in the anthology as:
Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, said,
Sally Swingewood, who also edited the collections, commented:
“The Stories for Homes collections would not be possible without the generosity of a huge number of volunteers. By working together we have produced a book which will not only delight but also help address one of the biggest humanitarian crises facing modern society. In a world where migration, identity and belonging are in the news daily we have a duty to help everyone have a home in which they feel safe and settled. Stories for Homes is one way we can be part of the solution”.
Why we’re supporting Stories for Homes
Following in the footsteps of the original Stories for Homes anthology, the second edition has been produced during a time of housing uncertainty for many people living in the UK. As the latest anthology supports Shelter, we’ve extracted a few key facts about homelessness and the housing crisis that should resonate with you and highlight the importance of supporting this valuable book project.
- 65,000 families will be homeless this Christmas
- At least one more family becomes homeless in Britain every ten minutes
- There are 250,000 homeless people in England, contributing to the 300,000+ homeless in Britain
- In the worst hit areas of Britain, 1 in 25 people are homeless
- Last year, the lowest number of socially rented homes were built in 71 years
- Tory austerity is linked to 120,000 deaths, according to a study in the BMJ Open
Get your hands on Stories for Homes 2
The Stories for Homes Volume 2 eBook went on sale on the 28th September 2017 and is available to buy for £5.99. The paperback is available to purchase from 21st November 2017 for £12.99. Click here to get your copy.
Find a Stories for Homes 2 event near you
Get involved with the Stories for Homes 2 project and visit an event in the UK. From festival appearances; book shop readings and evenings of music and words, look out for events in your area.