Welcome to Broadwater Farm, one of the most well-known housing estates in Britain. A place where post-war dreams of concrete utopia ended in riots, violence and sub-standard housing.
In this collection, Tottenham-born Jac Shreeves-Lee gives voice to the people of Broadwater Farm. With evocative language and raw storytelling, she compassionately portrays their shared sense of community. A community with a rich cultural heritage, comprising over forty nationalities, generations old.
‘A voyage both unforgettable and searing.’ — Onjali Q. Raúf, activist and author of The Boy at the Back of the Class
‘Shreeves-Lee recognises the power of truthful storytelling. Not only does she unearth Broadwater Farm’s complex past with incredible literary range, she leaves us feeling hopeful that the community are in control of their future.’ — David Lammy, MP for Tottenham
‘The truth and humour in this intensely fine and lyrical short story collection shines a light that is ultimately uplifting.’ — Martina Evans, poet and novelist
‘Shreeves-Lee has a keen eye for the poetry of everyday life.’ — Julia Bell, writer, academic and Course Director of MA Creative Writing, Birkbeck
‘No sensationalism to create a false dramatic effect, just real people going about their daily business, which gives the reader a great sense of true ‘life on the Farm’ — Dawn Ferdinand, Headteacher at The Willow Primary School and Broadwaters’ Children’s Centre