Three years ago, Irish writer Séamus Fox moved to London to find work and after several months found himself homeless, and came to understand the social and human injustices that result in so many people finding themselves living on the streets.
He has now written a book of poems called No Homeless Problem and Other Poems based on the experiences of others who have spent nights on the streets or looking for somewhere to live. Séamus spent nine months visiting Emmaus communities to gather material from 44 people being supported by the charity, which gives work and housing to homeless people.
"I wrote this book to give an insight into how different people may become homeless and how they attempt to survive on the street" he says "I want people who have never been homeless or who have never known homeless people to search in their souls for shreds of compassion."
Terry Waite, who is Emmaus UK President, adds: "Anyone who may have casually dismissed homeless people as being parasites should read what Séamus has written. It is insightful, moving and compelling. The writer has the gift of language and is able to put into verse the feelings and aspirations of many."
No Homeless Problem and Other Poems, price £7.99, is available from publisher Arkbound – click here - or from Emmaus Salford, which has its store at 101 Fitzwarren Street M65RQ, opposite Lidl near Salford Precinct...
"Emmaus Salford provides up to 25 people a home for as long as needed and meaningful work in its social enterprise" sates the organisation "The combination of a supportive environment and the opportunity to work allows people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion to regain lost self-esteem, restore confidence and rebuild their lives for a better future."
For more details on Emmaus see www.emmaus.org.uk/salford For more information, to donate an item or get involved as a volunteer call 0161 737 8279