Book by homeless youngsters transforms lives

Years ago, I had the honour of editing Cross-Cultural Dialogues on Homelessness by Jay Levy and Robin Johnson for the publisher, Loving Healing Press. The link is to my review. Ever since, I’ve maintained an interest in homelessness, and am part of a group that shares news about it.

This one caught my heart.

Five years ago, Marice Cumber established an art school for homeless people in London. Her homeless young students have collaborated in producing the Book of Homelessness in November, 2020. The first printing has sold out, but you can still buy it and help fund scholarships to university, and further good works by this wonderful organisation.

Nor is this just a charity: you get value for your money:

“The Book of Homelessness is a stunning anthology of stories and drawings created by people affected by homelessness about their own lives and experiences. It is the first time that a book like this has been published. The stories contained in the book are personal, emotional, raw and honest. The stories are of pain, of abuse, of dysfunction, of families, of war and of rejection and of misplaced love, of overcoming difficulties and of fighting and succeeding. This is a beautiful book that shows the complexities of homelessness and what causes it and the struggles that people have undertaken to succeed and flourish.”

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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9 Responses to Book by homeless youngsters transforms lives

  1. J says:

    I fully agree with comments above regarding provision of housing and the role of self-interest and sheer greed, Bob. I regret to say that I think Australian society is probably becoming less compassionate and more inured to issues such as homelessness. Disparity of wealth is certainly taking an undesirable direction. And, as you indicate, change is entirely achievable if our attention and attitudes can be redirected.


  2. pendantry says:

    A worthy project! If my book purchases weren’t now all ebooks (partly because my eyesight no longer makes reading ‘real’ books next to impossible, and partly to save the trees) I’d buy a copy in a heartbeat. I’ve found ‘The Book of Homelessness’ on <spit> amazon but there doesn’t appear to be a Kindle version, so I’ve clicked the “I’d like to read this book on Kindle” link to try to prompt the publisher.

    The homelessness situation on this planet is appalling, and I’m astonished that the politicians never give it the attention it deserves. You’re absolutely right to say that the problem is greed.

    You might be interested in this post on Wibble: ‘The Cube Project: a cure for homelessness?‘, which I posted a few years ago.

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    • pendantry says:


      […] partly because my eyesight no longernow makes reading ‘real’ books next to impossible […]

      One day I really will learn to re-read before hitting ‘Post Comment’. Sorry.


    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you Colin. There are literally hundreds of worthwhile projects that provide shelter to homeless people, and are wonderful. All the same, I’d like to change the world to make them unnecessary.

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  3. J says:

    It sounds a wonderfully enriching project, in many aspects. The great number of homeless and impoverished people in Melbourne now is one of the most striking and heartbreaking features for someone who has returned after working overseas for a few decades. I wonder daily about the stories of the individuals I pass, and sometimes speak with, and what their backgrounds, talents and potential may be. If there are similar projects underway here, I’d be interested to learn more.
    Thank you, Bob Rich.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      And thank you, J.
      My wife and daughter both crochet rugs for local homeless people, mostly older ladies forced to sleep in their car. I do voluntary work for an organisation whose client base includes homeless people. But all this is putting band aids on amputations.
      We need action on two levels. First is to provide housing. The Australian Greens’ freshly released policy platform includes just that, on a huge scale, and it is economically possible.
      More important is to work on the cause: a global culture ruled by greed.
      Money often costs more than it is worth. I wish people realised this.

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  4. Carolyn Howard-Johnson says:

    I agree. Will you share with #TheNewBookReview, too? You know the ropes!

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