On Thursday 5 May 14 young writers from various schools across Brighton celebrated the launch of the Street Stories audio walk with an event by Mayor Lynda Hyde.
The young writers met at Jubilee Library and made their way to First Base Day Centre along the audio trail route, listening to their stories as they walked. They were greeted on their arrival by the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, friends of Little Green Pig and BHT Heritage, and the writers’ families.
The event was opened with a viewing of a film, funded by the Pride Social Fund, which featured the young writers reading some of their compositions. It also shared how the project grew out of a simple concept – addressing myths and misconceptions about homelessness – into a 30-minute audio trail through the city.
The Heritage Project Officer spoke briefly about how the collaboration came about and the great value of enabling the children to interview people with lived experience of homelessness. People who are street homeless in Brighton and Hove are so visible yet invisible at the same time; as a society we often objectify people who are rough sleeping. The project offered a valuable opportunity to address negative stereotypes at an early age.
The young writers then took part in a question and answer session about how the project came together and their favourite aspects, which included recording sound effects and viewing a range of headshots of people and guessing whether they had experienced street homelessness. One of the writers spoke about how she didn’t really think about homelessness before the project but that since finding out more about it she has shared what she’s learnt with her family.
Chris, who facilitates the writing group at First Base, said that he was amazed by the children’s imaginations and how that was captured in their writing.
To find out more about Street Stories please click here