Truth and Lies about Poverty

Thursday 08 February 2018 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Hosted by LSE “Beveridge 2.0” and the Orwell Youth Prize

Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics

with Stephen Armstrong, Alex Wheatle, Ros Taylor and Ros Wynne-Jones


How do we tell the truth about the people struggling to get by in modern Britain? In this event for young people aged 13-18 interested in writing and social justice, a panel of speakers discusses truth, lies, and poverty. For more info and to book your place visit the LSE website

The event would be particularly suited to young people and school groups interested in exploring this year’s Orwell Youth Prize theme ‘Truth vs. Lies’ in more depth. 


Stephen ArmstrongAlex WheatleRos TaylorRos Wynne-Jones

Stephen Armstrong (@SArmstrong1984) is a journalist and author of The New Poverty. He writes extensively for the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. He also appears occasionally on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 2. His other books include War PLC, The Super-Rich Shall Inherit the Earth and The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited.

Born in 1963 to Jamaican parents living in Brixton,  Alex Wheatle (@brixtonbard) spent most of his childhood in a Surrey children’s home.  He spent a short stint in prison following the Brixton uprising of 1981. Following his release from, he continued to write poems and lyrics and became known as the Brixton Bard. Alex’s first novel, Brixton Rock, was published to critical acclaim in 1999; his books now feature widely on school reading lists. Alex is representing English PEN, and tours the country with his one-man show, Uprising. He was awarded an MBE in for services to literature in 2008. His first YA novels  includeLiccle Bit; Crongton Knights, which won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award 2016; and most recently Straight Outta Crongton.

Ros Taylor (@rosamundmtaylor) is Research Manager at the Truth, Trust & Technology Commission in the Department of Media & Communications at LSE and Managing Editor of LSE Brexit.

Ros Wynne-Jones (@roswynnejones) is a journalist and author. She writes the Real Britain column every Friday in the Daily Mirror campaigning against government cuts and standing up for ordinary people. She is author of the novel Something is Going to Fall Like Rain.

The Orwell Youth Prize (@OrwellYouthPriz) is a registered charity which aims to inspire and support the next generation of politically engaged young writers.

This event is taking place in the run up to the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0, Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February 2018: a series of events rethinking the welfare state for the 21st century and the global context.

Supported by LSE Library, which holds unique material relating to social, economic and political history and ideas. We welcome school visits and can tailor sessions for schools in areas of key stage 3 & 4 history and citizenship, areas of A level history and A level government & politics and sociology as well as supporting Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). More information and free online resources.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSEBeveridge