LINE UP INCLUDES JOHN NIVEN, THE MACCABEES’ ORLANDO WEEKS, DAVID NICHOLLS, PUSSY RIOT’S MARIA ALYOKHINA, LAURA DOCKRILL AND ROB CARTER
14TH SEPTEMBER – THE PRIORY CHURCH OF THE ORDER OF ST JOHN, LONDON
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Today, housing and homelessness charity Shelter launch the first of its Gimme Shelter series of cultural events for 2017. Gimme Shelter x Book Slam will take place on 14th September at The Priory Church of the Order of St John. Tickets will be available via a ballot from Midday 31st August with tickets priced at a £15 and all money raised will go directly to Shelter. For more information, please visit – shelter.org.uk/gimmeshelter.
Acts confirmed today for Gimme Shelter x Book Slam include cult author John Niven (Kill Your Friends), The Maccabees’ front man Orlando Weeks, who will exclusively read from his debut picture book ‘The Gritterman’, Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who will read from ‘Riot Days’ her account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment, author David Nicholls (One Day, Starter for Ten), performance poet, songwriter and author Laura Dockrill and comedian Rob Carter.
Speaking of taking part in the event, Orlando Weeks said ‘‘I’m excited to be taking part in my first Book Slam event for Shelter. It’s heartbreaking that in 2017 so many people are struggling with homelessness and bad housing – this needs to change. So enter the ballot for a chance to join me and some wonderful authors and support Shelter at the same time”
Polly Neate, CEO of Shelter, said: “We’re hugely excited to relaunch Gimme Shelter this September with a programme of exciting cultural events, and call on the public to join us in the fight against bad housing and homelessness. The series wouldn’t be possible without the support of the artists who’ve kindly donated their time, and for that we’re incredibly grateful.”
Gimme Shelter, Shelter’s annual series of cultural events is back this autumn to highlight Shelter’s core belief that everyone should have a safe, secure and affordable place to call home. Sadly, more people than ever need access to Shelter’s vital services and every day, up and down the country, Shelter provides invaluable support to those struggling desperately, to keep a roof over their heads or living in terrible and often dangerous conditions.
Through the ‘Gimme Shelter’ series of events, Shelter is calling on the public to stand alongside them in the fight against bad housing and homelessness.
GIMME SHELTER X BOOK SLAM
The Priory Church of the Order of St John, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4JJ
Doors – 7pm
The ballot for Gimme Shelter x Book Slam will close at midday on 7th September.
For more information, please contact:
Tel: 0207 361 0730
NOTES TO EDITORS
Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
Charity number 263710 (England & Wales)
Book Slam is the UK’s most successful regular literary event. Founded to return literature to the heart of popular culture, over the last fourteen years Book Slam has hosted everyone from Adele to Zadie Smith; winners of Grammys, Emmys and BAFTAS; the Booker, Orange, Costa, and Forward prizes.