Thu 03 Mar, 2023

Brand new Secret Life of Prisons with the Orwell Foundation

Our hit podcast is back for a brand new series, featuring remarkable interviews with three people who have experienced homelessness.

This year sees the inaugural Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness, and the team are looking for entries from people who write about this subject that is deeply intertwined with crime and justice.

Phil and Paula set the scene, and then hand over to host Sangita Myska, who is one of the judges for this year’s prize.

Across three episodes of the series, entitled Down, Not Out, she 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?

Our particular thanks must go to Nic Woods, Charlston Aslet and Chris Lynam, who have all generously shared their experiences of homelessness for this series.

The series has been produced in partnership with the Orwell Foundation and the Centre for Homelessness Impact.

For the Orwell Foundation:
Host: Sangita Myska
Reader: Malorie Blackman OBE
Producer: Alex Grundon
Executive Producer: Liz Wallace

For the Prison Radio Association:
Hosts: Paula Harriott and Phil Maguire
Producer: Andrew Wilkie

Charlston Aslet
Nic Woods
Chris Lynam
Professor Jean Seaton (Director, The Orwell Foundation)
Leanna Fairfax (Centre for Homelessness Impact)
Stephen Armstrong (Journalist and author of The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited; Trustee, The Orwell Foundation)
Christina Lamb (Journalist and author of The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless)


The Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness 2023 is open for entries until 17 April 2023. Entry details are available here. You can also enter by post. The address is The Orwell Foundation, IAS, University College London, WC1E 6BT. Please include a contact number or email address for someone who can reach you, if you can.