Media for lockdown – what to read, listen to and watch
Do you have time on your hands during the lockdown? Our Communications Manager suggests some books, TV and podcasts that could keep you occupied – and help you understand UK poverty and campaigning better!
A powerful book by one of our trustees. Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said it provides “the definitive verdict on government welfare reform, the UK’s shame”.
Poverty Safari: Understanding the anger of Britain’s underclass by Darren McGarvey
A challenging, personal perspective on UK poverty and how to tackle it, drawing
on Scottish rapper Loki’s own experiences of community activism and growing up in poverty.
The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative by Mary O’Hara
Crucially, this book about changing the portrayal of poverty draws on the insights of people who experience it.
Mission from Below: Building a kingdom community by Janet Hodgson and Stephen Conway
How two nuns worked alongside local people to loosen poverty’s grip in a North East community. An inspirational story of church on the margins.
A podcast about how language can help change people’s perceptions of issues – by the Frameworks Institute, who have helped develop innovative new frames for talking about UK poverty.
A podcast from the Sheila McKechnie Foundation about social change and how to bring it about.
This organisation has a wide range of audio available on Soundcloud, all sharing stories from people who have experience of poverty and other issues, and whose voices aren’t usually heard.
This 2017 BBC TV series by Jimmy McGovern is about a Catholic priest in a poor Liverpool community. It’s a powerful depiction of how the church can make a difference by sharing in people’s brokenness on the margins of society. It touches on issues Church Action on Poverty has campaigned on, such as high-cost lending. It’s available to watch on Netflix or YouTube.