Do you call Oxford your home? And what does the word ‘home’ mean to you?
We want to give voice to the diverse experiences of finding, building and maybe even losing a home in Oxford in the 2nd issue of a new community zine called ‘Oxford is my home’, which we are creating together with Open House.
Whether you’re new to the city, born-and-bred, or anywhere in between you’re invited to join together on 19th October at Open House on Little Clarendon St. Come by any time between 10am and 4pm to collaborate and create art, opinions, poetry, and stories around this complex and vital topic. The event is free and open to all.
Why? Many people come into Open House and ask us the same questions; ‘how can we solve homelessness? How can we build more affordable housing? Is anyone doing anything!?’ We think the answer lies in talking to each other. Oxford is full of people who are experts by lived-experience of how our housing system is failing and we won’t understand how to fix the sticky situation we’ve got ourselves into until we start listening to them.
Copies of the original issue of ‘Oxford is my home’ can be found at the Oxford Poetry Library at any of their local market appearances. You can see where our big purple bike of books will be next at oxfordpoetrylibrary.wordpress.com.