Poetry, stories and artwork by children living in temporary accommodation in Dublin.
I HOPE YOU GROW is a unique book about children’s lives and their experiences of homelessness in greater Dublin. This book – which aims to reach an audience of children all over Ireland – contains a blend of poetry, stories, artwork and photography generated during a series of workshops in Dublin, delivered by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership in partnership with Focus Ireland.
In summer 2018, writer Mary Branley and visual artist Maree Hensey worked with the group of children, all of whom experiencing homelessness, supporting them to develop the work that would subsequently be brought together into this special publication.
Ireland in the midst of a housing crisis with 3,829 children homeless across our country. Proceeds from the sale of the book will directly support homeless children and families.
“Many children face difficulties in life, so we wrote this book, to make them feel they are not alone. We are a group of children that are all facing difficulty; some of us have experienced moving a lot. We were invited by Child Support Workers in Focus Ireland to come to the workshops. We hope that you will learn about the difficulty of moving, but also about the joy we see.” The authors of I HOPE YOU GROW