Down, Not Out: our new podcast

Wednesday 12 April 2023

The Orwell Foundation has recently launched a new podcast series to accompany the Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness. Entitled Down, Not Out and produced in partnership with the Centre for Homelessness Impact and the Prison Radio Association, the three part series is now available wherever you get your podcasts.

In each episode, Orwell Prize judge Sangita Myska talks to a variety of people with specialist knowledge and first-hand experience of homelessness, asking:

  • What is the daily reality of homelessness?
  • Do you have to be homeless to be homeless?
  • What are the solutions to homelessness?

Contributors include Nic Woods, Charlston Aslet and Chris Lynam, who have all generously shared their experiences of homelessness for the series, as well as journalists Stephen Armstrong (author of The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited) and previous Orwell Prize nominee Christina Lamb (author of The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless).

In addition to interviews and about homelessness today and information about entering the Prize, the series features readings from Orwell’s class work Down and Out in Paris and London by former Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and insights into Orwell’s own research and writing from Orwell Foundation Director Jean Seaton.

The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness is open for entries until 17th April 2023.