Housing

Work on the first-ever graphic novel created by homeless people is underway

Accumulate’s project, which will see homeless people tell their stories in the visual format for the first time, smashed its £17,800 fundraising goal in December

Accumulate homeless graphic novel

Classes have kicked off to create the first-ever graphic novel created entirely by homeless people – after Accumulate smashed their £17,800 funding goal to make the project a reality.

The homelessness charity held their first workshop on Tuesday as work began on The Book of Homelessness, which is pencilled in for an initial 500-copy print run to be released in June.

In the classes, the young homeless people who work with Accumulate create drawings, texts, visuals and poems to build the book and tell their stories – a first for the genre.

The pioneering project is only possible following a smash-hit online crowdfunding campaign which raised £17,912.

That will go towards keeping Accumulate’s workshops running while profits from sales of the book will be shared between the authors.

The charity’s founder and director Marice Cumber said: “Working on Accumulate you realise that you’ve got people who’ve got an extensive range of stories, of life experiences and of knowledge that actually nobody bothers to listen to.

“So what we’re going to do at Accumulate, we are going to create the first-ever graphic novel created by people affected by homelessness about their own stories – it’s going to be their book with their stories which they have created.”

The Big Issue also turned to graphic novels last year to harness the medium’s power to tell homeless people’s stories.

Former Glasgow vendor Rae McKinley’s personal account of her time on the streets and selling the magazine was turned into a mini-graphic novel by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin and Giovanni Rigano.

Support the Big Issue

For over 30 years, the Big Issue has been committed to ending poverty in the UK. In 2024, our work is needed more than ever. Find out how you can support the Big Issue today.
Vendor martin Hawes

Recommended for you

View all
'You live in fear': Leasehold homeowners share horror stories of nasty hidden fees and service charges
leasehold, michael gove
Leasehold

'You live in fear': Leasehold homeowners share horror stories of nasty hidden fees and service charges

Leaseholder rights: How to fight against rip-off service charges – a step-by-step guide
service charges, flats, UK
Leasehold

Leaseholder rights: How to fight against rip-off service charges – a step-by-step guide

TSB Bank forced to change buy-to-let mortgage policy after renters' furious sit-in protest
Renters from Acorn union occupied TSB branches to force a climbdown on buy-to-let mortgages
Renting

TSB Bank forced to change buy-to-let mortgage policy after renters' furious sit-in protest

Beat the Streets music festival funds new homes for rough sleepers: 'If we could do more, we would'
Homelessness

Beat the Streets music festival funds new homes for rough sleepers: 'If we could do more, we would'

Most Popular

Read All
Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits
Renters: A mortgage lender's window advertising buy-to-let products
1.

Renters pay their landlords' buy-to-let mortgages, so they should get a share of the profits

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal
Pound coins on a piece of paper with disability living allowancve
2.

Exclusive: Disabled people are 'set up to fail' by the DWP in target-driven disability benefits system, whistleblowers reveal

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over
next dwp cost of living payment 2023
3.

Cost of living payment 2024: Where to get help now the scheme is over

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know
4.

Strike dates 2023: From train drivers to NHS doctors, here are the dates to know