Homelessness arts charity Accumulate broke new ground when they released a graphic novel dubbed the world’s first to be created entirely by people affected by homelessness in November.
The charity 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.
We spoke to one of the artists Mitchel Ceney – who also contributed illustrations to our Pick Your Path interactive fiction project – to find out how working on the graphic novel has reinvigorated his love for all things creative.
The Big Issue: How did you get involved with The Book of Homelessness?
Mitchel Ceney:I was homeless for a few years and I ended up sleeping rough in Westminster with my girlfriend at the time. The No Second Night Out scheme ended up getting me into Passage House in Pimlico. They ran an arts workshop on a Thursday and through that I went to Accumulate’s events. That got me talking to Marice [Cumber, Accumulate founder] and I showed her my pictures and drawings. She invited me to workshops for what would become The Book of Homelessness.
What do you enjoy most about art?