In the 2023 programme a common thread in many of the books is HOME as defined by Essey in Sally Hayden's Orwell Prize winning non-fiction book My Fourth Time We Drowned: 'home is not only a place, it is the society, family, friends.’
In this year's Festival Essey's words apply whether the subject of the book is a twentieth century ballet company living out of suitcases or an eighteenth century former slave trapped in genteel Greenwich; whether the characters – real or imagined – are victims of big business, climate or war; whether childhoods are urban or rural; whether home is castle or caravan and the occupants are in their country of birth or recent arrivals; and whether our authors are addressing healthcare or housing, politics or parenting, farming or forests. And in chapter twelve of Sarn Helen Tom Bullough warns the magistrate and court what may befall 'home' if climate change continues.
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