We were delighted to be invited to a Word Night at CAST in Helston last week, organised and curated by Colin Midson.
The evening attracted over 120 people to hear authors Catrina Davies and Raynor Winn discuss their recent memoirs each of which recounts personal experiences of home and homelessness. Grappling with class, economics, mental health and nature, these moving and inspiring stories shine a light on the country-wide housing crisis.
Raynor Winn’s bestselling book, The Salt Path, begins just days after she learned that her husband was terminally ill and they lost both their home and their livelihood. With nothing left, they made the impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path.
Homesick: Why I Live in a Shed, by Catrina Davies, takes us from her decision to leave a rented box-room in Bristol to the realities of turning a tiny, dilapidated shed in her childhood home of West Penwith into a home of her own.
You can watch Catrina Davies talking about her decision to live in a shed on Sky News here on YouTube.
Catrina Davies was born in Snowdonia and grew up around Land’s End, Cornwall. She has worked as a DJ, gardener, circus cellist, cleaner, TEFL teacher, dog walker, flower-picker, builder and waitress. Her first book The Ribbons are for Fearlessness is a memoir about busking from Norway to Portugal.
Raynor Winn writes about nature, homelessness and wild camping. Since her journey along the South West Coastal Path, documented in the Salt Path she has become a regular long-distance walker. She lives in Cornwall and her second novel Wild Silence will be released at the end of May next year.
Word Nights at CAST are curated by Colin Midson. For more information visit their website.
The Packet published an article about the event which you can read on their website.