Stories for Homes Edited by Debi Alper and Sally Swingewood

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When I was asked by Faye Rogers to be part of the celebrations of Stories For Homes (volume 2) and that the book would support Shelter in response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy I was delighted to help out.

Stories for Homes (volume 2) was published on 28th September 2017 and is available for purchase here.

Stories for Homes

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Published and unpublished writers come together to create an anthology of stories about what ‘home’ means.

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.

My Review of Stories for Homes

Home can mean something different to every single person.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect in this collection of short stories and I certainly found it an eclectic and varied mix of tales.

What I enjoyed most was the ease with which I could pick up the collection and just read one or two pieces to fit into my busy life. I thought the theme of home was so interestingly portrayed, with home being a place in a person’s memory or imagination as in The Sound of the East Dry River by Matt Barnard just as much as a physical place as in Leigh Forbes Coming Home.

I felt that Stories for Homes opened up to me a completely different world to the one I have inhabited all my (seemingly privileged and sheltered) life with immigration, prison, parenthood and so on all explored between its pages. I did feel quite uncomfortable reading some of the stories because they raised issues that I hadn’t given a second thought to before, and I felt quite guilty.

I was struck by the feeling of desperation and loneliness running through many of the pieces and I have to admit to being completely befuddled by Plastic by Santino Prinzi which I found a very unnerving read! My favourite was I Never Wore A Watch by Jacqueline Ward. I feel there must be home upon home with Annie-like characters who have been wrongly categorised and feel themselves outside society. It made me quite emotional to read it.

Many of the stories are written with great variety so that there is accent, dialect and indigenous language in the direct speech or, in some of them, quite a poetic turn of phrase such as in Motherland by Julie Hayman so that I really feel there is something for every reader to enjoy or to contemplate. I heartily recommend Stories for Homes, not just because by purchasing a copy a really good cause will be supported which is enough incentive in itself, but because there are stories to suit all readers between its pages.

About Stories for Homes

You can find out more about the project on the Stories for Homes website and by following Stories for Homes on Twitter @storiesforhomes. You’ll also find Stories for Homes on Facebook and there’s more with these other bloggers:

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