FREE Schools Event: Hostile Environment

Thu 18 Apr 2024 | 11:00am - 1:00pm

Hostile Environment
Ali Smith reading
The Windrush Betrayal pb
Amelia Gentleman
Michael Braithwaite

FREE Schools Event: Hostile Environment

Year 9, 10 & 11 students are invited to an event inspired by The Litmus School Writing Project to come and consider this year’s theme, Hostile Environment. Speakers include Ali Smith, Amelia Gentleman, Michael Braithwaite & Woodrow Phoenix .

If you represent a non-fee paying school and would like to apply for tickets please follow the link below.

Applications close at 3pm on Friday 15th March


With thanks to Trinity College, The Cambridge Union and Faber & Faber.


Venue: Cambridge Union

Duration: 2 hours

In partnership with

If you represent a non-fee paying school and would like to apply for tickets please follow the link below.

Ali Smith is the author of SpringWinterAutumnPublic library and other storiesHow to be bothShireArtfulThere but for theThe first person and other storiesGirl Meets BoyThe AccidentalThe whole story and other storiesHotel WorldOther stories and other storiesLike and Free Love. Ali launched a creative writing project for Year 9 to Year 13 students at UK schools with Trinity College, Cambridge. As Senior Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity College, Ali Smith was inspired to establish The Litmus: Writing in Common, which she hopes will become ‘a writing collective like no other.’ Ali Smith is an Honorary Patron of Cambridge Literary Festival.

Amelia Gentleman is a journalist and author of The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment. She won the Paul Foot award, Cudlipp award, an Amnesty award, journalist of the year British Journalism awards and London press club print journalist of the year for Windrush investigations. She has also won the Orwell prize, feature and specialist writer of the year.

Michael Braithwaite arrived in the UK from Barbados as a child in 1961 and lost his job as a special needs teaching assistant for not having an up-to-date identity document. He is a Windrush campaigner and has reflected on the “injustice and humiliation” of being deemed an illegal immigrant in the country he called home for more than 50 years.

Woodrow Phoenix is a British comics artist, writer, editorial illustrator, graphic designer, font designer and author of children’s books. Phoenix grew up in Brockley, south London, his parents Joe and Sybil Phoenix having migrated to the UK from Guyana in about 1958. Phoenix is best known for Rumble Strip, published in 2008, a non-fiction look at the difficult social issues arising from society’s dependence on the automobile, which was reviewed in the London Times as ‘an utterly original work of genius’.