A collection of new writing inspired by Glasgow hosting the Homeless World Cup in 2016 is being given away as part of a City Read during Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival. Home Ground: New Writing Inspired by the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow and features work by new and established talent.
The Homeless World Cup was hosted by Glasgow in the summer of 2016 when more than 500 people from around the world, each with their own story to tell and each at their own point on a journey to create a better life for themselves, came to the city to play football, watched by crowds of around 80,000.
Home Ground is an anthology that reflects on homelessness that has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Many of the new writers have been mentored through the writing and editing process thanks to support from the University of Strathclyde. It has been designed by Freight Design and published by Glasgow Libraries.
Home Ground has been edited by Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh and will be made available free of charge at libraries and venues throughout Glasgow. The book is also available as a digital download free of charge here http://bit.ly/2mXxmDz
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Home Ground isn’t about our experience as hosts of the Homeless World Cup. This is a book which explores individual’s experience of homelessness and presents an unflinching but often humorous portrait of those experiences. It’s a book that will improve our collective understanding of homelessness and will provide a further lasting and broader legacy of the Homeless World Cup in Glasgow”.
Louise Welsh, author and co-editor of Home Ground said: “Home Ground is one of the most inspiring projects I have been involved in. New and established writers sit side by side in Home Ground. Some of them have experienced homelessness, all of them have something to say. This is a funny, sad, shocking, exciting book. It belongs to the city.”
Maureen McGinn Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Through volunteering, the Homeless World Cup inspired people to change their lives, thanks to National Lottery players. At the Big Lottery Fund we want our funding to make a truly inspirational difference to people across Scotland. This initiative was unique, not just for the impact it had on people during the event, but also after it, through a range of sports and cultural activities, including creative writing.”
Jamie Jackson one of the Homeless World Cup Legacy learners said: “'Home Ground has been the best thing I've done creatively and mentally with some of the bravest, smartest most open people I've met. It's boosted my confidence and I've found in writing something I had no idea I could do and I loved it. I think we all have'.
Robert Douglas was one of the masterclass authors who wrote Night Song of the Last Tram. said: “I didn’t really know what to expect, but to see how engaged the learners were with my chat, given their background, was truly heartening’