Alastair McIntosh’s best known book Soil and Soul has inspired many, including Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. In this interview the writer retraces his solo walking expedition and makes the case for a spiritual side to the environmental debate.
A Syrian businessman discovers the harsh reality of life in the jungle, a British community organiser is moved to visit Calais and tries to help, and lawyers look to European Union asylum law for a solution.
Like many LGBT people across the UK, this year’s spate of homophobic attacks has left me hurting. It’s also forced me to reflect on my past, as I’ve noticed a worrying pattern with these incidents – the involvement of young people.
“People might speculate on why someone might end up homeless – mental health issues, substance misuse, debt, abuse, relationship breakdown – but very few people understand the day-to-day experience of being homeless.”
When 29-year-old entrepreneur Saima Thompson received a terminal diagnosis she began to understand the extent of the stigma some British South Asians attach to cancer. Here she explores the idea of “immigrant shame”, saying cultural taboos are fuelling health inequalities and costing lives.
This powerful political poem about the history of racism and the hope of resistance was written by the 14-year-old winner of the University of Warwick’s inaugural Writing Wrongs School’s Competition Junior Prize.