The new graphic novel dubbed the world’s first to be created entirely by people affected by homelessness has drawn praise from actor Colin Firth for its “beautiful, personal works”.
The Accumulate Art School for the Homeless has spent almost a year working with the people they support to craft The Book of Homelessness – an anthology of stories, drawings and poems that uncover the reality of homelessness in 2020.
Walking Dead actor Samantha Morton, previously homeless herself, introduces the unique collection while Firth shared his praise for the personal, emotional, raw and honest stories at the heart of the book.
He said: “This is a remarkable collection in any context. The fact that these beautiful, personal works are the expressions of our neighbours who are homeless makes it untenable to ignore them ever again.”
Accumulate clients from hostels, shelters and temporary accommodation were invited to a series of creative workshops running from January 2020 before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK.
The classes – held at Autograph gallery in Shoreditch – formed the basis of the book with participants undergoing lessons in writing, drawing and illustration to share their life experiences.