7 October 2020 — Accumulate
The Book of Homelessness is the first ever graphic novel created by people affected by homelessness that tells the stories of their lives.
“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.” – Colin Firth
The Accumulate Book of Homelessness project started in January with a series of writing, drawing and illustration workshops that were held at the Autograph gallery in Shoreditch. These workshops enabled the Accumulate participants, who came from hostels, shelters and temporary accommodation, to explore their own narratives and build up the skills and confidence to communicate their stories and experiences visually and in the written form.
The group very quickly began to bond and form a community. Every single participant was eager to tell their story and how it affected who they were. The stories that they produced are personal, raw and honest. They are of pain, of abuse, of dysfunction, of families, of war and of rejection and of misplaced love, of overcoming difficulties and of fighting and succeeding.
Together these stories show the complexities of homelessness, what causes it and the struggles that people have undertaken.
The illustrations, photographs and words are sensitive and emotional and communicate the conflicts, loneliness and ambandonment felt by the authors.
The Book of Homelessness is a powerful and beautiful book and will be published, as a limited edition, on November 19th 2020. It will be sent out to everyone that bought it through the crowdfunder (thank you again!) and can also be pre-ordered here.
All profits from sales of the book will be shared with its authors and Accumulate so it can continue to provide creative workshops for people who are homeless.
We really hope that you can buy this book and be inspired by the stories, talents and integrity of the Accumulate participants.
With every best wish,
Director and Founder of Accumulate