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Stories from streets: New magazine gives homeless people a voice

'Emma' will be produced at the Arlington House homeless centre in Camden Town

23 March, 2017 — By Dan Carrier

PROVIDING a voice for people who have become homeless is the aim of a magazine produced by people at Arlington House, the homeless centre in the heart of Camden Town.

The monthly publication, titled Emma, draws on the writing and art skills of people who use services at the centre.

Volunteer Brian Baderman, who helps produce the magazine, said: “I have a background in publishing, and I thought it would be good to produce a magazine drawing on the stories and the creativity of the people who come to Arlington.”

The team meet on Wednesdays to work with Brian on the magazine’s production. Contributor John Watts, who has lived in Camden Town for more than 40 years, said the magazine gave people a voice. “I have experience of being homeless – it is terrible,” he added.

“You lose your home, your money and your friends and family. The point of the magazine is to give a voice to those who have experienced homelessness. The magazine is a tangible way to express what you have seen and gone through – and it is lovely to see your work in print. “It is refreshing and therapeutic, and allows us to express our ideas.”

The magazine is available from Waterstones, the Young Vic theatre and St Mungo’s homeless charity.

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