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Image by James Hopkirk, taken from The Blood of a Woman


Today I’ve launched a new website – South London Stories. Regular readers of this blog will recognise many of the stories it contains.

This blog will continue, but South London Stories will house the more in-depth work that I do as I continue to explore the effects of austerity in the part of London where I live. It’s a more visual website, rather than a blog, so it’s hopefully a more immersive environment in which to consume the photo stories and films I produce.

The first new story is The Blood of a Woman. This is something I’ve been working on for over two years. Mirela, the story’s protagonist and the bravest person I have ever met, has suffered, but overcome, extraordinarily violence and traumas.

She escaped a lifetime of abuse – child abuse, domestic violence, rape and trafficking – in her native Albania, and made it to the UK. What she found was more violence and a brutal, inhuman immigration system.

This is her story, but it is also the story of what it is really like to be an asylum seeker in Britain today and the carefully orchestrated cruelty of the bureaucracy it involves. I’ve travelled with her all over London, to the home counties, to Bedford and to Liverpool. I also visited Albania and Kosovo myself in the course of researching the story.

You can read her harrowing experiences here: https://www.southlondonstories.com/the-blood-of-a-woman

If you’d like to follow South London Stories, you can do so on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Or you can sign up for the newsletter here.

As ever, if you have your own South London Story to tell, please do get in touch. You can reach me at james@southlondonstories.com. Thank you for visiting!

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