Celebrating 30 years of Rock Trust, Scotland’s only charity committed to tackling youth homelessness, All the Way Home is an anthology of writing by both young people and established writers, including Kirstin Innes.
Rock Trust is Scotland’s youth-specific homelessness charity. Their aim is to end youth homelessness in Scotland by ensuring that every young person has access to expert youth specific services to assist them to avoid, survive and move on from homelessness. They advise, educate and support young people to enable them to build the personal skills and resources required to make a positive and healthy transition to adulthood. They also work to ensure that the public, policy makers, commissioners and practitioners understand the issues, make decisions and take action which will end youth homelessness. Find out more here.
Celebrating 30 years of Rock Trust, Scotland’s only charity committed to tackling youth homelessness, All the Way Home is an anthology of writing by both young people and established writers, including Kirstin Innes. Across poetry, fiction and personal accounts, the idea of ‘home’ is explored from a variety of perspectives: a thirteen year-old girl comes to terms with her unplanned pregnancy; a social worker takes a young orphan in search of his relatives; a group of immigrants from all across the world meet at a weekly Creative Writing class in Glasgow to discuss haiku. Together, this astonishing collection brings to life both the visible and invisible realities of home and homelessness, of family and belonging.
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Fighting homelessness is a cause that I believe in because I was once one of those without a home. Having this chance, in this small way, to be able to help promote a book where half of the proceeds go directly to a foundation that helps educate, raise funds to stop, and fights for those voices that are usually ignored…who could say no.
Val McDermid introduces the voices of the All The Way Home anthology with a punch.
“There are more young homeless people now than when Rock Trust started its commitment to help young people out of homelessness…(W)hen it comes to homelessness, there’s no hiding place from our failure.”Loc. 52-55
McDermid goes on to talk about the invisibility of homelessness especially now during this time of pandemic. The struggles have been made harder with fewer options. It’s harder to see 38 children made homeless everyday if you are not at school seeing their faces.
All The Way Home authors include Damian Ashe, Angus Peter Campbell, Jenni Fagan, Beth Godfrey, Kirstin Innes, Stephen Keeler, Jenny Lindsay, Thomas McCabe, Andrés N. Ordorica, James Robertson, Ross Sayers, Helen Sedgwick, Sara Sheridan, Kate Tough, and Rock Trust Young People.
I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.
50% of all profits go directly to Rock Trust.
Published by: Tap Root Press, March 4, 2022
Cover Design by: Mark Mechan, Red Axe Design; Typeset by Main Point Books, Edinburgh
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