8pm start, Tuesday 28th November, in the Bookshop. This event is FREE but booking (below) is recommended to avoid disappointment.
We now live in Foodbank Britain, where emergency food provision is an ever more visible, controversial feature of ongoing austerity. We know the statistics, but in her timely, provocative book Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite introduces us to the human experience we so often miss, by introducing us to the people relying on emergency food.
Garthwaite conducted hundreds of hours of interviews while working in a Trussell Trust foodbank. She spoke to people like Anna and her 11 year old daughter Daisy who were eating out of date food since Anna left her job due to mental health problems. Glen explained the shame he felt using the foodbank having taken on a zero hours contract. Pregnant Jessica walked two miles to the foodbank because she couldn’t afford public transport. Hunger Pains provides a much needed voice for foodbank users and volunteers in the UK, and a powerful insight into the realities of foodbank use from the inside.
Join us for a challenging, informative and ultimately empowering exploration of the human impact of austerity – and what we can and should be doing about it.
HUNGER PAINS – WINNER OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY PETER TOWNSEND PRIZE 2017
This event is part of Book Week Scotland, it is supported (with HUGE thanks) by the Scottish Book Trust. Hunger Pains is part of a series of bookshop events shining a spotlight on the hardships of lives lead in poverty, and in particular our homelessness crisis, it is also an opportunity to draw attention to the Streetreads charity we are currently working with, who do exceptional work bringing books to homeless readers in Edinburgh.