We invite stories or poems from people who have experienced homelessness, or vulnerable housing in Harrogate.
Please send 250 words, or 25 lines of poetry including blank lines, and a 50 word bio about your experiences of homelessness or vulnerable housing.
Closing date 20th April.
All appropriate submissions will be put on the website and some pieces will be selected for the anthology.
Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
v. To inhabit, visit, or appear to in the form of a ghost.
n. A place much frequented.
v. To haunt one’s thoughts or memory.
The history of this town haunts us.
These buildings in which we live are spectres of past opulence.
The healing of this town is not for us.
Harrogate is known for its past as a wealthy spa town, and still has a reputation as a genteel place of tea rooms and flower shows.
This is not the Harrogate of everyone. For some people this idealised history is a haunting presence in their lives. In the fabric of buildings where they live in one room, or the parks where they sleep. Their experiences are muffled beneath the dominant voice of Harrogate.
Haunt explores how people who are homeless, or bedsit residents, live inside these ghosts of the town’s past. Haunt gives people a place to tell stories not normally heard within the accepted narrative of the town and bring them to a wider audience.